Purple Orchid you start with phaeleanopsis (moth) orchids. probably because they may be easiest to care for. sometimes they are translucent white, other times purple. either kind is very nice to look at. how would i compare? it might be a matter of my preference, already suspect. it's about appearance. looks are like flavours, flavour is about taste; each of us has unique tastes so who is an expert on that? either kind is very nice to look at, whatever colour or flavour.