Antirrhinum majus ‘Madame Butterfly Red’
DOUBLE PLUM SNAPDRAGONS
Antirrhinum majus ‘Madame Butterfly Red’ is also known as an “Azalea type” Snapdragon.
Because of the frilly, fluffy, fully double flowers.
Frilly, fluffy, fully double snappies
Each stem is close packed with really fluffy double blooms, and the colour is sensational – deep, rich, plum red.
Deep, rich, plum-red butterfly doubles
Delightful stems with an old-world dainty air; but all the productive power of modern breeding
Superb cut flowers for floristry
Stems of Antirrhinum majus ‘Madame Butterfly Red’ are perfect for striking and elegant floral arrangements. And especially with that frilly, flouncy look and outstanding colour.
They have excellent vase life, and last much longer in water than single varieties of Snapdragons. For commercial use pick the stems when half of the flowers are open.
Flower farmer’s delight
‘Madame Butterfly Red’ has been carefully bred for commercial farming, as it has a very long and continuous production of flower stems for harvesting, right through summer and autumn up to the first frosts.
Producing well in either the open field or in the greenhouse, and rated as an “all season” variety.
Tolerant of both heat & cold
It is also bred for winter flower production in sub-tropical areas.
So ‘Madame Butterfly Red’ is able to produce under shorter day length conditions too.
Antirrhinum majus ‘Madame Butterfly Red’ plants are designed to be both heat and cold tolerant; and the flower stems have been bred to be strong, self supporting and much branching.
Wonderful garden or pot displays
Fortunately Antirrhinum majus ‘Madame Butterfly Red’ has also been designed for outstanding home garden display.
So it blooms long and hard in Full Sun, but will also perform creditably in Partly Shaded positions.
‘Madame Butterfly red’ is a stunner for pot display too, because of the rich colour and multitude of pretty frothy flowers over a very long period.
Super quick & easy from seed to flower
Antirrhinum majus ‘Madame Butterfly Red’ usually comes to flower in around 100 days from sowing the seed.
Snapdragon flowers are deliciously edible and make a sweet treat in salads, stir fries, fruit salads, drinks and as garnish.
So plant some in your veggie patch for both nibbling and cutting for vases.
Deer & rabbit resistant
Happily, Snapdragons are not high on the menu list for rabbits and deer, who usually pass them by for fodder they find tastier.
Snappies can go on from year to year
Antirrhinum majus is actually a short lived perennial and will go on blooming for several years if left in the garden over winter.
But because they are so quick and easy to raise from seed, and fast to bring to flower from seed, they are often grown as annual.
Personally I leave mine in the garden from year to year instead, and just trim them back to reshoot each spring.
70-80cm High of frothy double plum-red blooms on strong, much branched stems x 30-35cm Wide of neat, deep green foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Sow any time indoors in a punnet for an early start with flowers, or scatter directly in garden in winter and spring.
Indoors for quick & early plants: First sow the seeds on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then pat the surface lightly to ensure good contact of seeds to the mix, but do not cover.
Because these seeds need light to germinate.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath and allowing the moisture to percolate to the surface of the mix from below.
Then place it in a warm, well lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 15-25C are best for optimum and rapid germination.
You can use a heat mat if you have one.
Though it is not essential as these seeds are willing germinators.
Continue to keep moist by misting from a spray water bottle.
And covering the punnet with a clear cover or plastic bag will help to maintain consistent moisture.
Remove cover once germination has commenced.
Seeds germinate in approx. 10-15 days.
Seed Count: 15 seeds approx. per pack.
(Seeds of this new variety are scarce – but we always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve)
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