Description of Antirrhinum majus
- Also known as snapdragons for the way the flower opens when squeezed
- Flowers are born on spikes opening from the bottom and producing plenty of blooms per plant
- Old plants can get leggy another reason to treat as annuals.
- A good range of colours are available with some having stronger scent than others.
Cultivation Tips Antirrhinum majus
- Best grown as annuals but plants are short lived perennials
- Pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushy plants
- Pinch out side shoots to encourage individual, large spikes.
Special Growing Tips for Antirrhinum
- Beware of Antirrhinum rust which is unsightly brown speckles on leaves and stems that eventually defoliate the plant.
- Plants will self seed but deadhead if you want more flowers
Varieties, Species and Types of Antirrhinum
- Antirrhinum nanum ‘Dwarf Bedding Mixed’
- Antirrhinum Pendula Multiflora Chinese Lanterns F1 bred to cascade from a basket or pot.
- Antirrhinum Majus Nanum Rembrandt a red and yellow flower to paint a picture in your garden
- A yellow and cream coloured flower Antirrhinum braun-blanquetii Snapdragon is well recommended
Horticulture Sources and Advice on Antirrhinum
- You can often obtain seeds or plants from our mail order company of choice Thompson & Morgan
- Buy your own seeds to get the colour scheme you want. Buy young plants or seedlings if you are happy to take pot-luck
“PLANTAGINACEAE 車前科 – Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) 金魚草 / 孟買彩雀 by kaiyanwong223, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Antirrhinum australe #1 by J.G. in S.F. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ‘Plantaginaceae (formerly Scrophulariaceae) – Spain origin of plant above Snapdragon Shown: Detail of flower buds and flowers- “Antirrhinum is a genus of plants commonly known as snapdragons from the flowers’ fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed (thus the ‘snap’). ‘
common snapdragon (キンギョソウ) #5875 by Nemo’s great uncle CC BY-NC-SA 2.0