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Antirrhinum - Divine Protection

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antirrhinum 03-230x153Snapdragons (antirrhinum majus) include 30 species of hardy perennials mostly grown as annuals. Their botanical name is Greek meaning "like a nose" in allusion to the shape of the flower.

Since garden memories, began children of all ages have delighted in squeezing the blooms to open like the jaws of a dragon. In ages past snapdragons were thought to give protection against evil.

All parts of the plant were worn or carried, especially flowers and seeds. When trouble loomed a bunch of flowers was arranged with a mirror behind them to reflect evil back to it's source!
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Today these sweetly scented flower spikes are welcomed for their hardy versatility. Dwarf to tall varieties are grown in clumps, beds, borders, rock gardens, baskets, a variety of containers and as a valuable glasshouse plant for commercial sale.

Blocks of the same shade make impressive displays. Plants prefer rich, well drained soils high in organic matter and lime. Full sun, good air circulation, and an occasional spray as for roses insures plant health.

While heat tolerant, best blooms are produced under cool conditions. Protect from severe freezing with a mulch or winter over in a cold frame.

This is an ideal time to plant advanced seedlings/container plants for autumn blooms.

Seed sown now will begin flowering in late winter/early spring. Sow in light, sandy soil with seed barely covered. To encourage branching and many flowers nip back seedling tip.

Removing all side shoots will produce one giant bloom. When cutting flowers, prune back stems to 3 in. (7.5cm) and feed to encourage a second flowering.

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