butterfly flower, fringeflower, or poor-man's-orchid, any of the showy plants of the genus Schizanthus of the family Solanaceae (nightshade 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 Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Polemoniales, family Solanaceae.
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