Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Bronze Dragon’
BRONZE DRAGON DWARF SNAPPIES
Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Bronze Dragon’ is new and a very unusual dwarf Snapdragon.
Almost black foliage
‘Bronze Dragon’ has deepest bronze leaves, so dark they are almost black.
Growing as a tight, rounded ball of dark foliage and creating a wonderful colour accent in the garden.
Contrasting with rose-purple & white bicolour blooms
Then the black ball is topped by bicoloured blooms of white Snapdragons wearing rose-purple lipstick.
Dwarf mounding plant with full size Snapdragons
Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Bronze Dragon’ is a true dwarf Snappie.
So it bears spires of full size flowers, but on a very compact ball of black-bronze foliage.
Making a plant of approx. 30-40cm. High x 30cm. Wide.
Specially bred for dramatic colour and rude health
But despite the dramatic looks, ‘Bronze Dragon’ has been specially bred for modern gardeners, to be tough and trouble-free, with enhanced disease resistance.
It has an exceptionally early, long, and prolific flowering, and is known for its ability to continue to produce even in cool and dull weather.
This is a new release recently bred by Thompson & Morgan.
Early start with flowers
Flowering begins in early spring if you sow seed during winter for an early planting.
Flower spikes then continue on until the first frosts, with the dark foliage always providing superb contrast and interest.
Quick & easy to raise from seed
‘Bronze Dragon’ is very satisfying to raise from seed – as it is quick and easy to germinate and quickly grows on to make a statement in the garden.
Quick from seed to flower
The handsome dark foliage is an asset even before the long blooming starts.
‘Bronze Dragon’ is striking planted as the front edge of a garden bed, or as a contrast accent at a corner.
‘Bronze Dragon’ is a monty for pots
Of course Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Bronze Dragon’ is also wow in pots.
Compact, neat rounded growth and dramatic colour contrast makes it a monty to make an eye-catching feature.
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.
Or just for letting the kids “snap” the Dragon’s jaws. Kids adore plucking the flowers and working the dragon’s mouth.
Deer & rabbit resistant
Happily rabbits and deer do not enjoy the flowers as we do, and usually pass by to tastier fodder.
Easy garden grower
Plant ‘Bronze Dragon’ in Sun to Part Shade.
It also suits a wide range of soils, including sandy or clay, as long as the position is well drained.
Garden highlights for years to come
Antirrhinum majus nanum ‘Bronze Dragon’ 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.
They will also self-sow in the garden for new baby plants next year.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Sow at any time indoors in a punnet for an early start with flowers. Or scatter directly in garden in winter and spring.
Sow 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 allow 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).
Because temperatures of 15-25C are best for optimum and rapid germination.
You can also use a heat mat if you have one.
Though it is not essential as these seeds are willing germinators.
Then continue to keep moist by misting from a spray water bottle.
Covering the punnet with a clear lid or plastic bag will also help to maintain consistent moisture.
Remove cover once germination has commenced.
Seeds germinate in approx. 10-15 days.
Seed Count: 25 seeds approx. per pack.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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