Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Butterfly Flower

Schizanthus (pronounced /ˌskɨˈzænθəs/), common names butterfly flower, fringeflower, poor-man's-orchid—is a genus of plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family.

Many flowers have been compared by writers to butterflies, but it is only this one that has received the name of butterfly flower. The butterfly weed Asclepias and the butterfly bush Buddleja are so-called not because they resemble butterflies, but because they attract them.

The flowers of Schizanthus are available in a wide range of colors and sizes, and are delicately spotted and blotched like the smaller butterflies. The blooms on a well-grown plant are produced in such profusion as to completely cover it. For the garden the dwarfed varieties should be chosen as the tall sorts grow rather slender and crooked. The leaves are attractive with soft green, deeply cut and fern like that are often covered with fine hair.


See also: Flowers Jamaica, Gift Philippines, Flower Philippines

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