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ANGELONIA angustifolia (CARITA™ LAVENDER 09)

Image of Angelonia angustifolia 'Car Laver09' (CARITA™ LAVENDER 09, CARITA™ SERIES) PP20815

Mark A. Miller

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

ANGELONIA angustifolia 'Car Laver09'( CARITA™ LAVENDER 09, CARITA™ SERIES) PP20815

Plant Common Name

Carita™ Lavender 09 Angelonia, Narrowleaf Angelon, Summer Snapdragon

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Summer snapdragon is a tender perennial native to Mexico and the West Indies which is often planted as a warm-season annual. The green leaves are lance-shaped and evergreen only in frost-free zones. Tall spikes of tubular, two-lipped, snapdragon-like flowers appear throughout the growing season. The cultivar ‘Cas Laver09', more commonly referred to as Carita™ Lavender, has a mounded to partially floppy habit. This very heat-tolerant plant branches freely and produces loose flower spikes. Flower blossom color is dark lavender to medium purple with a yellow spot on the lip and a dark maroon and white spotted throat.

Carita™ summer snapdragons do best in sites with full sun and average, well drained soil. They're freeze sensitive but will take a few degrees of frost. They also tolerate lots of summertime heat, though flower production slows or ceases in the hottest weather. Plant in the fall and late winter in hot, frost-free areas. Summer snapdragons are very drought-tolerant once established though an occasional application of water during the driest times will enhance flowering. Occasionally soggy conditions aren't troublesome either. The flower spikes are long lasting as cut flowers and deadheading -- removal of spent flowers -- is not required. Carita™ Lavender is beautiful in beds, containers and borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mexico, Caribbean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No