Plantidote of the Day 2012-08-28
These flower garden staples are spring and winter bloomers here in Zone 10, but in colder climates, they're more of a springtime flower. They're available in quite a few different varieties, including double flowers, an azalea-shaped bloom, and a bell-shaped flower. The name comes from the flowers' resemblance to a mouth; gently pinching the sides of the flower makes the "dragon" open its mouth. Okay, maybe you have to be there to see this in action, but that's the story on the name.
Snapdragons like a sunny spot in the garden, and need water and fertilizer to grow properly. They are vulnerable to rust. Skip the overhead watering to cut down on the spread of rust spores. Or move the snapdragons from each year to minimize rust. As far I can tell, snapdragons are not poisonous, invasive, or otherwise problem plants. But if that's not correct, please tell us about it in a comment.
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