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Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Antirrhinum majus

Other names

Snapdragon, Greater snapdragon

Genus

Antirrhinum Antirrhinum

Species

A. majus - A. majus is an herbaceous perennial, sometimes grown as an annual. It has lance-shaped leaves and from mid-summer to early autumn bears spikes of two-lipped flowers that may be yellow, red or orange.


Antirrhinum majus is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Orange, Yellow, Red, Pink in Summer; Pink, Orange, Yellow, Red in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun or light shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Antirrhinum majus

Other names

Snapdragon, Greater snapdragon

Genus

Antirrhinum Antirrhinum

Species

A. majus - A. majus is an herbaceous perennial, sometimes grown as an annual. It has lance-shaped leaves and from mid-summer to early autumn bears spikes of two-lipped flowers that may be yellow, red or orange.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Orange, Yellow, Red, Pink in Summer; Pink, Orange, Yellow, Red in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun or light shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)

Common pest name

Necrotic spot

Scientific pest name

Impatiens necrotic spot virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest of mainly ornamentals and vegetables; present in the UK; and covered by the EU listing of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. To be kept under consideration in light of a review of the EU listing.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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