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Snapdragon

Scientific Name: Antirrhinum majus belonging to the Plantaginaceae family

Height: Snapdragons typically grow to a height of 76-91cm (30-36 inches). It’s essential to consider this height requirement when selecting a suitable location for planting to ensure they have enough space to grow vertically.

Sun Preference: Snapdragons thrive in full sun, which means they require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Planting them in a location with ample sunlight exposure will promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.

Days to Maturity: Snapdragons have a relatively long growing period, taking approximately 110-120 days to reach maturity. It’s important to be patient and provide consistent care throughout this period to ensure optimal growth and blooming.

Plant Type: Snapdragons are classified as hardy annuals, 

Pinching: When snapdragons reach a height of 10-13cm (4-5 inches), it is recommended to pinch back the growing tips. Pinching helps promote bushier growth and encourages the development of more flower buds, resulting in a fuller and more attractive plant. You can propagate that pinched stem on to make more flowers

Appearance : Snapdragons are known for their distinctive, tubular flowers that resemble a dragon's mouth. The flowers are bilabiate (two-lipped) with a closed mouth, which opens when squeezed, hence the name "snapdragon." The blooms are clustered on spikes, and each spike can bear numerous flowers. These plants can reach heights of about 80 centimetres and exhibit a wide range of colours, including red, pink, purple, yellow, orange, and white. 

Harvesting :  harvest when just the bottom 2 or 3 flowers are open. 

Vase life : Vase life can be expected for 7-10 days.

Special Features: Snapdragons are often associated with grace and strength, symbolizing resilience and the ability to overcome challenges. They are also sometimes used to convey deception, as their flower can be "opened" to reveal something hidden. They can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. Snapdragons readily self-seed, and many gardeners find new plants emerging the following year from seeds dropped by the previous season's flowers.

Design features: Snaps are a line flower and can even be cut short and used as a filler flower

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