Snapdragon ‘Mini Butterfly’ ‘Blush’


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Snapdragon ‘Mini Butterfly’ ‘Blush’

Antirrhinum majus

I was lucky enough to get an early sample a few years ago and fell in love with this brand new Snapdragon. Finally the harvest has come in and I have been able to get hold of enough seeds to share with you in the shop!

Azalea shaped flowers just like the Madame Butterfly series but much shorter at 20-30cm.

Tight blooms stop them being pollenated too quickly so that the flowers don’t drop like traditional varieties of Snapdragons.

What they lack in height they certainly make up for in ‘flower power’. Plants branch creating more stems than traditional Snapdragons.

Perfect for growing in pots or the front of your beds and borders.

Flowering end of May right through into June, if you then deadhead they will be back for another round. I don’t pinch this variety.

A second sowing in Late Winter will give you another round of plants just as good as they Autumn Sown to flower later in July.

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, but 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
Spacing: 15cm
Height: 20-30cm
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds per packet: up to 50 seeds approximately (counted by weight)

Cutting /Vase Life:

These might be shorter but they are still plenty tall enough for table flowers and look super cute in a small jug or vase on the table.

Place flowers straight into water after picking. I tend to rest my flowers before arranging. Like all Snapdragons, they are geotropic ( which means the stems align with gravity) keep as upright as possible while conditioning. Once arranged stems will relax and tips will turn upwards.  You can find out more about cutting and conditioning flowers here.

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