A highly versatile and spiky flower, Snapdragon blossoms are approximately 1 inch long (2.5 cm) and tubular in shape with rounded upper and lower lips. Around 6 to 15 flowers appear on each flower spike, opening from the bottom up. They are available year-round in white, pink, yellow, burgundy, orange, red, purple and bicolor.
Species: Antirrhinum majus
Origin: Europe, North America
Symbolizes: Deception and graciousness
Also Known As: Antirrhinum, rabbits lips, Lions lips, Snap
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3 C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 5-10 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Recommended harvest stage is when at least two to five florets per stem are open. Straight stems with healthy leaves and no yellowing on foliage.
Snapdragons are good vertical line flowers in design work. They work well when incorporated into natural garden type vase arrangements or designs. Snapdragons also add an unusual appearance to bouquets and can be used to replace Gladiolas, Delphinium, or stock in large wedding or funeral arrangements.
High. Most Snapdragon cultivars are sensitive to ethylene. Flower shattering is the most common symptom.
Pest & Disease Information
Susceptible to botrytis.
Flower drop (Shattering) due to ethylene exposure and damage. Treat with an ethylene action inhibitor product. Geotropic bending (stem ends bending downwards). Snapdragons are prone to geotropic bending (when stored or shipped at a horizontal position). The flower bending phenomenon is more pronounced at elevated temperature. Curvatures in inflorescence will straighten somewhat when hydrated under direct, bright light. Snapdragons are extremely sensitive to gravity. Flowers held in horizontal position quickly curve upward towards the light. Floret color fading. Better light exposure and use of flower food help. Buds fail to open due to ethylene damage or prolonged storage. After following standard flower care procedures, do not remove more leaves than necessary, as this can stimulate flower fall. As flowers open towards the top of the stems, the bottom blooms will naturally die. Simply remove these to prolong vase life.
For optimal care of Snapdragon, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.