Snapdragons Antirrhinum majus Floral Carpet Series, mixed
The Antirrhinum majus Floral Carpet Series, also known as the Snapdragon Floral Carpet Series, features a mix of colorful snapdragon flowers. These plants display a stunning array of vibrant flower colors that may include shades of red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, white, and bicolor variations, adding a brilliant splash of color wherever they grow. Snapdragon flowers are distinctively shaped, with a tubular form that opens into a dragon's mouth-like bloom, with upper and lower lips that can open and close when squeezed gently on the sides, giving them their common nickname. The petals have a soft, velvety texture adding another layer of interest to the flower's appearance. The foliage of the Snapdragon Floral Carpet Series is a lush green, with lance-shaped leaves that provide a complementary backdrop to the vivid flowers. Each flower spike consists of multiple florets that climb upwards, creating a sequential bloom effect that further enhances the visual impact of the plant. Overall, the Snapdragon Floral Carpet Series presents a riot of color and form that is both eye-catching and charming, ideal for adding an ornate touch to gardens and floral arrangements.
About this plant
Snapdragon, Dog's Mouth, Lion's Mouth, Toad's Mouth
Snapdragon, which is the most common name for Antirrhinum majus, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. It's not known to contain any compounds that are significantly toxic when handled or ingested. However, sensitive individuals may experience mild discomfort or an allergic reaction if they have particular sensitivities to plants, but this is not common. Ingesting significant quantities may cause stomach upset or gastrointestinal discomfort due to the plant material that is not typical in the human diet, but this does not indicate that snapdragons are poisonous.
Snapdragon is not known to be toxic to pets. It does not typically pose a risk if ingested by animals such as dogs and cats. However, as with any non-food plant, ingestion of significant amounts of plant material can potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, simply because it is not a normal part of a pet's diet. There are no widely recognized toxic effects specifically related to snapdragons and pet poisoning. Still, it is always a good practice to prevent pets from eating large amounts of any non-food plants to avoid possible stomach discomfort.
Color of leaves
6-12 inches (15-30 cm)
6-12 inches (15-30 cm)
- General Benefits
- Easy to Grow: Snapdragons are generally easy to cultivate and maintain, making them suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
- Long Blooming Season: Snapdragons typically have a long flowering period, providing color and interest in the garden throughout the season.
- Attracts Pollinators: These flowers attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, helping to pollinate other plants in the garden.
- Versatility: Snapdragons can be used in a variety of garden settings, including borders, containers, and as cut flowers for indoor arrangements.
- Color Variety: The Floral Carpet Series offers a mix of bright colors that can enhance the visual appeal of any garden space.
- Drought Tolerance: Once established, snapdragons can tolerate short periods of drought, making them suitable for areas with variable rainfall.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Snapdragon petals can be used for natural dyeing processes, imparting colors ranging from yellow to green depending on the mordant used.
- As garnish in culinary dishes, the colorful snapdragon flowers can add an exotic touch to salads and desserts.
- The seed pods of snapdragons, which resemble tiny skulls, can be used in crafting and as an educational tool for teaching plant life cycles.
- Snapdragons can be used in storytelling or puppetry for children, with their "mouths" that open and close to mimic talking flowers.
- Dried snapdragon flowers can be incorporated into potpourri for a natural, sweet fragrance in homes.
- Pressed snapdragon flowers can be used in bookmark-making for a delicate, botanical touch.
- The sturdy stems of snapdragons make them suitable for use in lightweight plant stakes or supports for other, more fragile plants.
- Floral Carpet Series snapdragons, with their compact growth, can be used for creating intricate living mosaics in gardens.
- Snapdragon flowers can be frozen in ice cubes to create decorative, edible elements for cold beverages in special events.
- In photography, snapdragon plants provide an excellent subject for macro photography, highlighting their intricate petal patterns.
- Feng Shui
The Snapdragons are not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The Snapdragons are not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Deception: The Antirrhinum majus, commonly known as the Snapdragon, has a mouth-like flower, which when squeezed appears to "open" and "close" like a dragon's mouth. This feature traditionally symbolizes deception or concealment.
- Graciousness: Snapdragons are also associated with graciousness and kindness, perhaps due to their elegant appearance and the variety of colors they come in, each one a gentle reminder of the plant's natural beauty.
- Strength: Historically, snapdragons are emblematic of strength and resilience. They were thought to offer protection and to have the power to ward off negative energies or curses when planted in gardens.
- Spiritual Healing: In some folklore, snapdragons are thought to represent spiritual healing or rejuvenation, possibly because they can bloom and prosper in a variety of conditions.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) prefer consistent moisture, so water them when the top inch of soil feels dry, which might be approximately once a week. However, it is important not to overwater as they do not like soggy conditions. Use a gentle stream of water to avoid disturbing the soil or damaging the flowers. An estimated amount of water could be around 1-1.5 gallons per square yard every week, depending on the climate and weather conditions, with less water needed during rainy periods and more in dry, hot weather.
Snapdragons thrive in full sun to partial shade. They will perform their best when they receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Plant them in a spot that is well-exposed to morning sun but sheltered from the intense heat of the late afternoon, especially in hotter climates.
Snapdragons prefer cooler temperatures and will flourish in conditions ranging from 40 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive brief periods of frost and temperatures as low as the high 20s but perform poorly in high heat, with temperatures consistently above 80 degrees Fahrenheit being detrimental.
Snapdragons benefit from pruning to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Pinch back the tips when the plants are 4 to 6 inches tall to promote branching. Deadhead regularly to keep the plants looking tidy and to encourage continued flowering. The best time for major pruning is after the first flush of blooms begin to fade.
Snapdragon 'Floral Carpet' series thrive in rich, well-draining soil with a pH of 6.2 to 7.0. A mix containing loam, compost, and coarse sand or perlite can provide the necessary drainage and nutrients. Regularly add organic matter to maintain soil fertility.
Snapdragons, particularly the 'Floral Carpet' series, are typically grown as annuals, so repotting is not often required. If grown as perennials, repot every 1-2 years in spring to refresh the soil.
- Humidity & Misting
Snapdragons, including the 'Floral Carpet' series, prefer moderate humidity levels but are quite adaptable. Average household humidity or slightly drier conditions suit them well, avoiding excessively humid environments to prevent disease.
- Suitable locations
Place snapdragons in bright, indirect light indoors.
Plant in sun or part-shade, in well-drained soil.
USDA zones 7-10.
- Life cycle
Snapdragons from the Floral Carpet Series begin their life as seeds, which upon germination in early spring, develop into small seedlings with their first true leaves. As they grow, these seedlings develop into vegetative plants with a robust root system and foliage. Following the vegetative stage, the plants enter the flowering phase in late spring to early summer, producing vibrant, tubular flowers in a mix of colors that attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into fruit capsules containing the next generation of seeds. As the growing season progresses, these seeds mature and can be collected before the plants die back with the first frosts of autumn or winter. These seeds can remain dormant through the winter, ready to start the cycle anew when the conditions are favorable in the following spring.
Spring to Summer
Antirrhinum majus, commonly known as Snapdragon, can be propagated primarily through seeds. The best time to sow Snapdragon seeds is in late winter or early spring, giving the seeds a chance to germinate and establish themselves before the warmer months. The most popular method for propagating Snapdragons is by sowing seeds indoors. To do this, fill a tray with a well-draining seed starting mix and lightly press the tiny seeds into the soil, ensuring they are not covered too deeply as they need light to germinate. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and maintain a consistent temperature of around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 degrees Celsius). Germination should occur in approximately 10 to 21 days. Once seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves and the threat of frost has passed, they can be transplanted outdoors into the garden.