Antirrhinum or Snapdragons are flowering annuals, perennials or sub shrubs from the family Plantaginaceae. They are native to Europe, North America and North Africa.


What is an Antirrhinum?

Antirrhinum are small colourful plants usually less than 0.5m tall which are hardy only in milder part of the country. Masses of flowers are carried in the summer and autumn. Antirrhinum flowers came in a wide range of colours ranging from white through yellow and orange to pink red and purple. Many forms are attractive to bees and other pollinators and these are a few fragrant forms to look out for.

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Where to plant Antirrhinum?

Antirrhinum like full sun and well drained or moist and well drained soils in a sheltered and preferably frost free spot. They make great and colourful patio plants or they can be block planted in bedding plant arrangements. Antirrhinum are a must when creating a cottage garden style in the garden border.

How to care for this plant?

Antirrhinum are easy plants to care for. Water young and pot grown plants in dry spells. Remove old flowers and liquid feed regularly to prolong flowering. Replace frost tender forms each year and mulch hardy perennial forms to protect from frost in winter.