The snapdragon is one of my favorite flowers. Today, as I made my rounds in Pacifica, California, I saw their cheery countenances all over the place - in front of businesses, gracing small ocean front cottages, in more formal plantings of expensive residences. I got out of my car, with my ever present trusty camera and took a few photographs.
Antirrhinum is a genus of plants more familiar to us as snapdragons. This name arose because it is reputed to look like a dragon whose mouth opens and closes when the side of the flower is squeezed ( creating a snap ). This is why it is a favorite of children who love to play with them. Adult supervision is important, however, because all parts of the plant are toxic!
Snapdragons are annual plants in cool areas but they are self seeding and will come back year after year. There are dwarf varieties as well as varieties that grow to two feet. They come in most colors but blue. Snapdragons prefer full sun and are excellent for bouquets and cut flowers.
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