The orchid is a deep, bright purple color that is similar to the color that various orchids often exhibit. The different shades of orchids can range from gray-purple to pink-purple to deep reddish-purple. The first recorded use of orchid as a color name in English was in 1915. In 1987, orchid was listed as one of the X11 colours. After the invention of the World Wide Web in 1991, these became known as X11 web colors.