Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Main Facts about Snapdragon
Flowers that open and close their “mouth” when squeezed. Yellow, pink, purple, white or red flowers on top of tall spikes. Some are pink or purple with yellow “lips”. Spirally-arranged lance-shaped leaves. In ancient times snapdragons were thought to have supernatural powers and offer protection from witchcraft. They were also believed to restore beauty and youthfulness to women.
Using SnapdragonThe flowers and leaves have been employed in poultices on tumours and ulcers. It is effective in the treatment of all kinds of inflammation and as a rinse for the reduction burning of hemorrhoidal tissues. It has also been used as a diuretic and treatment for liver diseases. The concentrated juices of the plant were added to the bath and treatment required a long, hot soak which in itself would bring relief. Snapdragon can be used as a gentle sedative and mental relaxant. It is especially useful when battling insomnia or stress.
Cooking with SnapdragonBland tasting but edible.
How to grow SnapdragonSnapdragons thrive in the cooler temperatures of late spring and do best in sunny locations with rich, well-drained soil . Plants will not flourish where temperatures are high for long periods of time. Blooms will tolerate some frost. Under favorable conditions, snapdragons will self-sow in the garden.If planting from seed, sow indoors on the surface of the soil for 8 weeks before last frost. Seeds will germinate in 10-20 days.