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Plants that Attract Butterflies, A Gallery of Paintings by Albert Valentien

Painting of Viola sp., by Albert Valentien

Viola sp. (Violet)
Painted by Albert Valentien
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Viola sp.

Violets have five petals, with the lowest petals spurred or pouched at the base. The violet family (Violaceae) has some species that are cultivated as ornamentals, such as the pansy. The seeds of plants in this genus have little appendages, which attract ants that feed on them; the ants thus aid in the dispersal of the seeds. Plants in the genus Viola are used as host plants for the Semiramis Fritillary butterfly.

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Text by Margaret Dykens