Add snapdragon charm to your garden and cut-flower arrangements. A bee magnet, bumblebees climb into the “mouths” and sometimes are completely hidden! Breathtaking when planted in mass. Late afternoon shade is beneficial in hot summer areas. The edible flowers make a pretty garnish on salads, desserts, and cold drinks. Usually grown as an annual, although perennial in USDA zones 5 and warmer. Deer resistant.
Botanical Name: Antirrhinum majus
Native: Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and West Asia
Hardiness: Usually grown as an annual, though perennial in USDA zone 5 and warmer.
Plant Dimensions: 30″-36″ tall, about 12″ wide
Variety Information: 1″ flowers in shades of red, white, yellow, and pink start blooming on the lower part of the flower stalks, moving up, until the last flower to open is at the top of the stalk.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Blooms heaviest in cool weather
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: Cold Climates: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date or as soon as soil can be worked. Mild Climates: Late summer to early fall for winter and spring bloom.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When ½” tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing stems that have about half of the bottom flowers open. Change vase water often.