Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon) is a herbaceous plant that reaches from 40 cm to more than 1 m in height, presenting flowers in ears that appear at the top of the plant’s branches.
There are five subspecies and a large number of cultivars, which vary in the size of the plant and the size and color of the flowers, which can be red, pink, purple, white, yellow, orange or some intermediate tones.
Plant profileCommon name: Snapdragon
Scientific name: Antirrhinum majus, Antirrhinum majus
Plant type: Annual / Biennial
Height: 50cm - 1.5m
Spread: 10cm - 50cm
Flower color: Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Season of interest: Autumn, Summer
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Chalk, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Well drained
Garden type: Informal Garden, Patio & Container Garden
Planting type: Containers & Pots, Flower borders and bedding, Low Maintenance
The flowers are pollinated mainly by bumblebees. It is usually grown in gardens or as a cut flower, but smaller cultivars can also be grown in pots and planters.
Mediterranean region of Africa and Europe.
It prefers mild temperatures with no extremes. It does not support frost and does not grow well at high temperatures.
Plant snapdragon in full sun.
The soil must remain moist but well drained.
Well drained, fertile and rich in organic matter. Prefer limestone soils.
It depends on the planting season but usually in summer and autumn. It usually starts to bloom about 3 months after germination.
Grown as annual or biannual but these are perennial plants.
Propagate Antirrhinum by seed, which can be sown in the soil at a depth of 0.5 cm. Sow in the final place or in seed trays. Germination takes one to three weeks and is favored by cold nights.