Antirrhinum, also known as snapdragons or dragon flowers, is perfect for adding that wild touch to any bouquet or arrangement. The long, static yet lively flowers can be used easily in different lengths to create that free and strong look. Here is everything you need to know about this gorgeous flower.
Antirrhinum aka Snapdragons
Antirrhinum has become one of the more popular and contemporary flowers these days. Create a lush bouquet and see the snapdragon turning into the beaming center of your bouquet. Fancied because of their resemblance to a dragon's face that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed, Antirrhinum is here to win you over.
Origin of the Antirrhinum
Antirrhinum is derived from the rocky areas of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Usually, the term ‘snapdragon’ is used for the larger plants in the antirrhinum family, which is the botanical name for this flower. In the wild, Antirrhinum loves a sunny place in calcareous soil. It loves this soil so much, that you should not be surprised to see a snapdragon nestled in the cracks of an old wall or growing in a quarry.
This extraordinary flower attracts the attention of botanists: for hundreds of years, Antirrhinum has been cultivated. This flower used to be found mainly in monastery gardens. The stem of the Antirrhinum can reach a height of about 80 centimeters. The flowers grow in a bunch along the end of the stem. Cultivated species can have a big variety of colors. From pure white, to yellow with tiny pink dots, or maybe peach-pink is your favorite!
A Powerful Flower, Both in Name and Looks
The botanical name of the snapdragon is "Antirrhinum". In Ancient Greek this literally means "like a nose", possibly referring to the nose-like capsule in its mature state. The opinions of which (mythical) animal this nose-shape is from varies: In English, the name, of course, refers to a dragon, but in most languages, the snapdragon translates to "lion’s mouth".
Whether the flower looks like a dragon or a lion, both creatures symbolize power. The symbolic meaning of the snapdragon is 'power', 'purity', and 'expression'. However, the flower also symbolizes rejection and deceit. So, be careful whom you give this flower to! Still, it might be better not to take these negative associations too seriously, because who doesn’t immediately fall in love with this beauty? We did!
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Colors and Variations of Snapdragons
As mentioned before, Antirrhinum comes in a variety of colors. A great example of a beautiful Antirrhinum from our product archives is the Antirrhinum Potomac™ Early White
. This strong-growing snapdragon with ivory white petals and just a hint of lemon sorbet throat makes a wonderful addition to multicolored and monochromatic mixed bouquets.
Potomac is ideal for production during periods of high light, long days, and warm temperatures. Plants produce tall, strong stems and long spikes with good flower quality for excellent retail show and vase life. Can be grown year-round with supplemental high-intensity lighting.