Family: Scrophulariaceae

Scientific Name: Antirrhinum majus Floral Showers

Common Name: Floral Showers

DescriptionA very short Snapdragon.
Pronunciation(an-tih-RI-num)(MAY-jus)
Plant TypePerennial Tender
Hardiness Zone7-10
Sunlightfull, mostly sunny
Moistureaverage
Soil & Siteaverage, well drained, resents water logged soils
TemperatureSnapdragons are good cool season plants. Hardened plants can be put out in the garden early May and will bloom until heavy frosts. (zone #5)
FlowersRacemes of coral-pink and cream petals. Honey Bees are heavy enough and strong enough to open the flower to get to the nectar. Once in, the flower snaps around them. The blooms form two separate cupped clusters that meet in the middle, like jaws. Squeeze the sides of the jaws, and the two clusters will separate, just like a mouth opening. Release the bloom and the jaws "snap" closed.
Dimensions8 inches tall, space 8 inches on center
Maintenancedead head flowers
Propagationseeds, will reseed in the garden
Native SiteSpecies plant is native to south western Europe and Sicily.
Misc FactsAntirrhinum is from the Greek meaning snout, referring to the shape of the flower.
Notes & Reference#27-Rodale's Annual Gardens (Paul Loewer) #28-Cottage Garden Annuals(Clive Lane)
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