Antirrhinum majus ssp. majus
Antirrhinum majus ssp. majus is a hardy perennial, rather than a short lived annual.
So if you love Snapdragons as I do, then you can have permanent Snappies, instead of replanting them each year.
Large, striking rose-pink Snappies
Antirrhinum majus ssp. majus has striking, large rose pink Snapdragon blooms on tall, willowy stems. An altogether more elegant plant than usual annual Snappies.
It is both a beautiful, and “tough as nails” hardy perennial.
Born to be hot & dry hardy
It is very reassuring to see the Perennial Snapdragon growing wild on the rocky slopes, and even out of the dry stone walls, through Provence, Italy and Morocco.
So it was born to be hardy in hot, dry conditions; winter frost; and rocky, poor or sandy soils.
It is native to the Mediterranean basin, and is perfectly happy in coastal areas and windy sites.
Perennial Snapdragon is also considered an edible delicacy in these countries, and has long been believed have health benefits. So it is cooked as well as eaten raw in salads.
Outstanding cut flowers
The long, willowy stems with their larger than normal blooms make outstanding cut flowers.
Plant Antirrhinum majus ssp. majus in Sun to Part Shade.
Where it can thrive in a wide range of well drained soils including sandy and rocky sites.
And get along on a sniff of water occasionally.
Hardy perennial 80cm. High flower spires x 45cm. Wide evergreen foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow any time indoors in punnets, or scatter directly in garden in winter and spring.
INDOORS: Sow the seeds in a punnet, on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then pat the seeds lightly to the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
But do not cover because these seeds need light to germinate.
Now moisten the mix thoroughly by standing the punnet in a shallow water bath.
And allow the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Then place the moist, sown punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Temperatures 20-30°C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Continue to keep moist by misting from a spray water bottle or re-soaking the punnet as required.
Seeds germinate in approx. 10-15 days.
SEED COUNT: 200 seeds approx. per pack.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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