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Snapdragons

 

General Info

While their actual origin is unknown, it’s believed that snapdragons were originally wildflowers in Spain and Italy. This flower originated in the Mediterranean area but now thrives in the UK when planted in well-fertilized soil in full sun. The English name derives from the flower’s imagined appearance as a dragon’s face. Snapdragons come in a wide variety of bright colors and a range of heights, from dwarf to medium and tall. In addition to growing the plants for cut flowers, the seeds have been used to extract edible oils, while the leaves and flowers have been considered to possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Care and Handling

  • Snapdragons drink lots of water, so check water level frequently.
  • Remove lower foliage and re-cut stem ends under water before placing in a vase.
  • You can extend the life of your blooms by adding one teaspoon of sugar and three drops of bleach to a gallon of water before using the water to fill your vase.
  • Remove bottom leaves if present and recut stems under water. However, be careful not to remove too much foliage as excessive foliage removal can promote premature flower drop.

Average Lifespan

  • With the proper care, vase life for snapdragons is around 5-16 days.
  • Should be purchased when at least two to five flowers are open per stem.

Seasonal Availability

snapdragons
 

Quick Guide

Symbolism: Graciousness
Native Origin: Worldwide
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Average Life: 5-16 Days
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