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A splash of summer color–The Snapdragon

Snapdragons uniformly bear a whorl of flowers atop slender stalks. The most popular variety has a snappable flowers, but others have open-faced flowers and can include double blooms. Colors include white, yellow, burgundy, red, pink, orange, and bronze along with other variations of these colors, with the exception of blue.

Their large, blossom-laden flower heads have just a hing of fragrance. The vertical flower spikes open gradually from the bottom to the top. Snapdragons make excellent cut flowers, but can wilt in the mid summer’s heat. They are much better suited to an arrangement that will be indoors to insure that they stay lovely and fresh.

Available in two heights: dwarf varieties grow to about 10 inches while the taller types grow to a height of 18-24 inches. A variety that grows up to 5 feet has been developed, but it must be staked. A single snapdragon plant may produce seven or eight blossom spikes in the course of a summer.

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