Schizanthus Ruiz & Pav.

Poor Man's Orchid

Greek schizo — cut, anthos — flower, referring to the deeply cut corolla lobes.

Mostly annual, occasionally biennial, glandular-hairy herbs. Leaves alternate, pinnately lobed or cut. Flower cluster terminal, sometimes branched. Calyx with 5 linear to spoon-shaped, deep lobes. Corolla irregular, 2- lipped, the petals spreading, variously coloured. Stamens 4, 2 sterile. Ovary 2-chambered. Fruit a 2-valved capsule.

Generally grown as ornamental hybrids in pots and hanging baskets and occasionally as bedding annuals; also popular in conservatories for the variously coloured clusters of butterfly flowers.


Foliage sticky; fertile stamens 2.

12 species from Chile.

Grau & Granbach (1984).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Solanaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Solanales
family       Solanaceae
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species         Schizanthus √ówisetonensis