often hold happy childhood memories for many adults who grew up in gardening families and who can recall learning how to hold the snapdragon's "jaw" for the first time - and watching it snap back!
The Latin name for snapdragon is Antirrhinum Majuro - or "snout-like" - which describes the snapdragons long proboscis of a bloom which is known for attracting bees, birds & butterflies.
Snapdragons can be propagated from seed or from cuttings. If sowing seeds, start indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost date. Seedlings should appear in 2 - 3 weeks. Plant outdoors after the last frost date in a rich well-drained soil.
After establishing themselves in the garden, snapdragons benefit from pinching back to take on a more bushy, less "leggy" appearance.
Although generally easy to grow, snapdragons are susceptible to snapdragon rust, a fungus disease most common in humid climates that can be kept in check by allowing for better air circulation around plants.
Snapdragons come in a variety of colors and sizes, but the larger types usually need to be staked properly to keep them standing tall throughout the growing season ...
Snapdragon fun facts
• Snapdragons are called “rabbit’s lips” in Asia and “lion’s lips” in Holland.
• In medieval times, snapdragons were thought to offer protection from witchcraft and black magic.
• The smaller flower known as the lesser snapdragon or "weasel's snout" is actually a different genus than the snapdragon.
Snapdragons yield cool color options - Archived newsletter from an MSU horticulturist on new varieties, with pictures & information on Sugar Plum and Candy Corn along with general information on snapdragon care & feeding.