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Snapdragon

Antirrhinum majus

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Veronicaceae (Speedwell)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Variable in colour, 2 petals
 
Snapdragon has whorled flowers which are borne on a slender stalk. Flowers can be of various colours including white, yellow, orange, pink, red, peach and purple, and occasionally bicoloured. Snapdragons are named after the shape of their flowers because they resemble the face of a dragon.
Fruit:
An ovoid capsule, containing many seeds, up to 15mm across.
Leaves:
Spirally arranged, simple leaves. The leaves are untoothed, narrow and linear in shape.
Maximum Size:
80 centimetres tall
Aroma:
Sweet-smelling. Some say this flower smells of apples.
Other Names:
Common Snapdragon, Dog Flower, Garden Snapdragon.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland, roadsides, rocks, walls, wasteland.