A very tall variety of snapdragon with striking deep scarlet flowers above stems carrying lance shaped leaves. The flowers are typical snapdragon shape; in two parts with an upper and lower row of petals, the lower petals including an extra ‘lip’ at the centre of the flower.
What to use it for
Can be used in taller bedding displays or to bring colour to the middle/back of a border. Its height makes it an ideal cut flower.
Alternatively it can be grown in containers.
How to look after it
Water it from below (so the petals and leaves don’t get wet) to reduce the risk of a rust infection.
As the plant grows in height it may need supporting (eg with pea sticks) particularly if it is exposed to the elements, rather than tucked in amongst other plants in the border.
How to prune it
Deadhead it regularly to get a longer flowering season.
How to propagate it
Prone to rust infections.
Other useful information
The common name ’snapdragon’ refers to the flower resembling the face of a dragon. This analogy is further enhanced by the fact that if you squeeze the sides of an individual flower together where they meet the pedicel, the dragon ‘opens his mouth’. When released it then snaps back shut.