23 Apr2005

Snapdragons

by Marketman

Snapdragons in Manila! What a find! snap1Until recently, I had never seen snapdragons for sale in the local markets or floral stores. A very common flower in the U.S. and other temperate locations, snapdragons do very well in home gardens or in commercial flower beds. With a huge range of colors and varieties from dwarf to those that reach almost four feet, snapdragons are showy, voluptuous and beautiful. Antirrhinum majus or Greek for “like a rhinos snout”, snapdragon’s are also known as “rabbit’s lips” in Asia and “lion’s lips” in Holland. Apparently, if you pull down the lower petal of the flower it snaps back up, hence its common name. Native to the Mediterranean, the flowers need full sun but cool weather to thrive.

With temperatures soaring into the 90’s in Manila, where are these flowers from?snap2 It seems some growers are now raising them commercially in the Mountain Province. King Louis Plants is one of the growers and others up there are following suit. While some garden enthusiasts have been growing the plant in Baguio backyards for quite some time, they have never been commercially produced. At P75 for a small bunch in the market the other day, these were a pretty good buy. In colors ranging from deep maroon to white, yellow, pink, etc., they are great just stuck into a nice vase by themselves. Apparently snapdragons are “geotropic” or adjust or bend their stems skyward in relation to gravity (according to a description in growerdirect.com) so they need to be stored standing up or they get all curled up in a snit. Keep your eyes open for these great flowers the next time you are in the market or at a flower stall.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. schatzli says:

    the long stems can make a great filler

    I dont like them as themselves but mix them with plain
    monotone flowers.
    2 more weeks I can start working on our verandah will plant
    lots of beddings plants.

    Apr 25, 2005 | 4:04 am

     
  2. Kim Schultz says:

    I have these snapdragons in my little garden in DC
    they are beautifull and last from late Spring to Fall,
    easy to care for too…Pink and White are my favorits

    May 4, 2005 | 11:17 am

     
  3. Marketman says:

    Hi Kim! Glad you like the site! Regards,

    May 4, 2005 | 9:32 pm

     
  4. Naomi Persons says:

    I received a hanging basket of snapdragons for Mother’s Day. It did not have a prick in it to inform me of how to best care for the plant. Do you have any information on how to best care for it so it will last throughtout the summer?

    May 12, 2005 | 12:44 am

     
  5. Marketman says:

    Naomi, I haven never raised snapdragons in my own garden so I can’t be of much help. If other readers out there have some tips, please leave a comment, thanks!

    May 13, 2005 | 9:02 am

     
 

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