Snapdragon ‘Madame Butterfly Red’
I LOVE Snapdragon ‘Madame Butterfly Red’.
A deep rich velvety red. It really stands out in the garden!
These double snapdragons look like tiny azaleas, the tight flower heads keep the pollen hidden for longer making them last much longer in both the vase and the garden than more open types.
So beautiful, they look wonderful arranged just as they are, as well as giving that all important ‘swoosh’ to arrangements!
For garden decoration they are just majestic, blooming on robust strong stems!
How to grow:
Sow undercover from Autumn (in mild climates) and again in late Winter/early Spring for flowers all Summer.
Technically a short-lived perennial, Snapdragons or Antirrhinum majus, are best treated as an annual, given that they germinate and grow a lot more slowly than true annuals.
Antirrhinums can get ‘rust’. A precautionary spray of fungicide can really help. Keep a vigilant eye and remove any leaves that become infected.
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Variety: Antirrhinum majus
Type: Short-lived perennial treated as an annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Autumn / late Winter/early Spring
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds per packet: up to 50 seeds approximately (counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Cut snapdragons when just the bottom 2-3 flowers are open for the longest vase life.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.