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ANTIRRHINUM majus (LA BELLA SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

ANTIRRHINUM majus( LA BELLA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

La Bella Snapdragon

Special Notice

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General Description

Well-branching from each plant's base, the La Bella Series of snapdragons are short-lived tender perennials (often used simply as annuals) that are great as cutflowers or to create a robust display of flowers in the garden. From southwestern Europe and the Mediterranean, they bear early-season flowerspikes of distinctly lipped flowers that snap open and shut when squeezed, hence the name “snapdragon". Regarded for with full form and open-flowered snaps, La Bella Series plants will flower from early spring to fall, if spent flowerspikes are removed, and come in a broad array of blossom colors with gray-tinted green foliage. When weather is very hot they will cease blooming, reblooming again in the cooler temperatures of autumn. Goldsmith Seeds, Inc., of Gilroy, California developed this group of snapdragons.

Grow the very pretty-flowering La Bella Series snapdragons in full sun and moist, well-drained, average soil that has organic matter and moisture. Often used as an annual plant in regions with mild and cool summers, the snapdragon is best reared outside of summer in the subtropics. Place a dry, thick mulch over plants in colder climates to help them overwinter without damage. Enjoy these vigorous snapdragons massed in annual beds for glorious color. Their many stems allows their dual use for garden color and cutflower enjoyment.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 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

    18"-22" / 45.7cm - 55.9cm

  • Width

    14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Western Europe, Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink, Lavender, Bronze

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • 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, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes