Snapdragon Fast Facts

Snapdragon Fast Facts image by B. Huff
Snapdragon Fast Facts image by B. Huff

Overview

Snapdragons are typically sold as annuals in cold-weather zones but are true perennial plants. Available in dwarf sizes of 10 inches to more than 18 inches tall, this versatile flower is a favorite for its long spikes and puppet-like ability to open its "mouth" when pinched at the sides.

Where to Plant

Dwarf varieties are excellent as borders, accent plants around rocks and in pots. Taller types are good cutting flowers that might need staking.

Soil Conditions

Snaps are well-suited for rich soil and prefer regular fertilizing. A hardy, drought-tolerant plant, they survive in well-draining or dry conditions.

Sun Requirements

Snaps thrive in full sun but will grow in areas with mostly sun throughout the day.

Upkeep

Most varieties of snaps drop their flowers after they have been pollinated by bees, with new buds forming above, making them a favorite cut flower for indoors. Deadheading helps with new blooms because the plant can concentrate on new growth instead of expelling withering flowers. Support might be needed for tall varieties.

Growing Season

Snapdragons reseed in cooler zones and grow as a perennial in warmer zones. They bloom from early spring until frost.

Fun Fact

Snapdragons are available in just about every color, in solids and blended shades.

References

  • Snapdragons

Who Can Help

  • How to Care for Snapdragons
Keywords: snapdragons, annuals, flower gardening

About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.

Photo by: B. Huff