Fay Terry, ZINNIAS AND QUEEN BUTTERFLY, 5 x 7 " oil on museum quality panel, ©2012
One of my favorite flowers, which is easy to grow from seed, attracts large numbers of butterflies and blooms all summer long. Zinnias come in many bright colors and tolerate heat well.
Butterflies need places to lay eggs, food plants for their larvae(caterpillars), places to form chrysalides, and nectar sources for adult butterflies. Zinnias are one of the best butterfly nectar flowers and are a real taste treat for the butterflies.
I want to thank my friend, Goran Wibran, for giving me a copy of his photo to paint this from!