Information on Snapdragons


The scientific name of snapdragons is Antirrhinum majus. These bright, showy annual flowers come in a rainbow of colors and need 4 to 5 hours of sunlight per day. They have a low tolerance to drought conditions.

Time Frame

Snapdragons blossom during the spring, early summer and fall.


Snapdragons are classified by their height. Dwarf varieties are as short as 4 inches, and tall varieties can reach 3 feet.


Snapdragons are used as bedding and container plants. They are also used as cut flowers.


Snapdragons originate from the Mediterranean area. They grow well in a range of climates.


Snapdragon cultivars include Bicolor, Floral Showers Apricot Bicolor, Kim, Kim Orange, Kim Primrose Yellow, Kim Purple and White, Kim White, Montego Orange Bicolor, Purple White and Yellow Ribbon.


Snapdragons are susceptible to root rot diseases. Wet soil and planting too deeply encourage rot in snapdragons.


  • NC State University: Antirrhinum majus
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Greenhouse Production of Bedding Plant Snapdragons
  • Fort Valley State University College of Agriculture: Snapdragons
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