The flowers, native to South and Central America, resemble butterflies in that the two upper petals are narrow and antennae-like, the two lateral sepals are larger and look like speckled wings, and the central lip is generally solid, similar to the body of the insect. Generally, the lip is yellow and the remaining petals and sepals are mostly red-brown, yellow, or orange. P. Papilio is a popular ornamental species with a number of vegetable cultivars.
- Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. This will soften the seed coat and allow it to absorb water.
- Place the seed in a pot of soil and cover it with about 1/4 inch of soil.
- Keep the pot in a warm, humid environment until you see roots coming out of the soil.