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snapdragonsSnapdragons 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.

On the Web - How to grow snapdragons :

Choosing & Growing Antirrhinums (Snapdragons)
- Advice on raising plants along with a "best of" list of favorite dwarf, medium and tall snapdragon varieties for cutting, growing in window boxes and other uses.

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.

Pictures of Antirrhinum majus - Snapdragon - A dozen images from a professional photographer. Click on thumbnails for a larger view.

Pictures of flowers - Snapdragons - Personal shots from his wife's garden by a devoted husband. Nice work - with one photo available as free wallpaper.

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