butterfly flower


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butterfly flower,

 

fringeflower,

or

poor-man's-orchid,

any of the showy plants of the genus Schizanthus of the family Solanaceae (nightshadenightshade,
common name for the Solanaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and a few trees of warm regions, chiefly tropical America. Many are climbing or creeping types, and rank-smelling foliage is typical of many species.
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 family), native to Chile but grown elsewhere as garden or greenhouse annuals. The flowers resemble butterflies and are found in a variety of colors, usually mottled. Butterfly flowers are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Polemoniales, family Solanaceae.
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We often hear talk of butterfly bushes and butterfly flowers but in virtually all cases this is only to provide the adult butterflies with the quick sugar fix that gives them the energy to fly and search for that all important mate.
The fortnight lily is planted because it produces masses of white or yellow butterfly flowers when it is young, and it requires a pittance of water.
Plant breeders have even developed narcissi with pink flowers and others with double butterfly flowers.