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Snapdragons

This group of about 20 varieties gets its name from how some can look during the pollination process. They're notably known for their vibrant blooms, available in numerous colors and sizes (anywhere from a few inches to a few feet). While they are resilient overall, they favor cool weather and bloom brightest during their first bloom. This is also why they are often grown annually, even though they can come back.

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Snapdragons are generally very low-maintenance. It’s best to plant seeds in late winter (it takes them 2-3 months to complete their growth). While they can handle frost, if you can grow them indoors, it can help. They require sufficient watering and moisture as seeds. While they can grow in difficult terrain, it helps if soil they’re planted in is rich and fertilized once flowers appear. Sunlight is ideal, but some shade won’t hurt (it’s actually recommended in hotter seasons).

Varieties differ in their colors, heights and how many blossoms they have. You can find red, yellow, pink, burgundy, bronze, orange, white and even multi-colored ones. Types include the heat-resistant rocket snapdragons, black prince snapdragons (with their notably dark purple leaves and red blooms)m and twinny snapdragons, which offer large, butterfly-like flowers.

  • They are prone to a few different issues, like mold, mildew and — most prominently — rust fungus. If it appears, the location you’re growing your snapdragons in may not be ideal.  
  • Surprisingly enough, they actually belong to the Plantaginaceae family (the same one as plantains).