Although bright orange, this 'flower' cannot feed butterflies until the center flowers open.
A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) drinks nectar from the true flowers of a Zinnia bloom.
A tattered zinnia highlights the true 'flower' ... the yellow flowers in the middle of the 'flower'.
Botanical Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Names: Zinnia
Flower - Bloom color: Any and every!
Plant type: Annual
Light: Full Sun
Size: Depends upon species; 6" to 4'
Soil: Average to rich
Note: The true 'flowers' are tiny yellow flowers in the middle of the 'bloom'. The colored 'petals' are actually naturally colored and modified leaf bracts.
Special attractant for these species of butterflies: Gulf Fritillary and Swallowtails