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ANTIRRHINUM majus (TAHITI SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Botanical Name

ANTIRRHINUM majus( TAHITI SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Tahiti Snapdragon

General Description

Tahiti snapdragon is a short-lived perennial or tender perennial (often grown as an annual) that originates from southwestern Europe and the Mediterranean. This old-fashioned garden favorite bears upright spikes of distinctly lipped flowers that snap open and shut when squeezed, hence the name “snapdragon.” Snapdragon will continue blooming from summer to fall, if spent flower spikes are removed, and come in shade of white, red, pink, yellow, and orange. When weather is very hot they may cease from blooming for a spell. The Tahiti Series features short, compact plants with showy blooms and good resistance to rust diseases. Those with deep flower colors have reddish-green stems and leaves and the white or pale flowering types have pale green leaves. Grow snapdragons in sites with full sun and sharply-drained, average soil. Enjoy these fine bedding plants in containers and mixed beds and borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • 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

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Western Europe, Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    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, Bronze

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes