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10 Types of Snapdragon Varieties to Grow at Home (with Pictures)

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Snapdragons are very popular flowering plants that are commonly used in garden borders or planted in indoor containers. Their botanical name is Antirrhinum majus, and both the botanical and its common name are meant to describe the flower’s resemblance to a dragon’s mouth.

There are many fascinating varieties of the snapdragon plant, and learning about the characteristics of each type can make anyone fall in love with this species. We have gathered some of the most popular varieties to grow at home in the list below.

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The 10 Types of Snapdragon Varieties

1. Admiral Snapdragons

Type: Group I
Growing season: Winter
Average height: Up to 48 inches

Admiral snapdragons are an excellent example of early blooming plants. The flowers on these lovely snapdragon plants will bloom during winter, long before any other plant begins its cycle. The flowers appear in many stunning colors, white, yellow, purple, pink, and a distinctive crimson shade. These plants may reach up to 4 feet tall if grown in ideal conditions and require supporting stakes to stay erect.

2. Chantilly Snapdragons

Type: Group I
Growing season: Winter
Average height: 36 to 40 inches

Chantilly snapdragons are another example of tall snapdragon plants that can reach up to 4 feet in perfect conditions. However, they usually range between 36 and 40 inches tall. These snapdragons thrive during winter, with double flowers in various colors. The most common shades of flower petals are white, yellow, red, pink, and orange. The Chantilly has a distinctive sweet and pungent smell.

3. Cinderella Snapdragons

Type: Group II
Growing season: Early Spring
Average height: 18 to 24 inches

Cinderella snapdragons have an extended blooming time since they begin growing quite early in the year. Throughout the season, they will continuously bloom, producing stems with single flowers. Like any other snapdragon plant, the flowers on the Cinderella variety grow in a wide range of colors, including cream, yellow, gold, salmon, and crimson.

4. Little Darling Snapdragons

Type: Group II
Growing season: Early Spring
Average height: 12 to 18 inches

The Little Darling snapdragons grow in early spring. The stalks grow up to 18 inches high and are sturdy and erect. The plant is long blooming, with flowers in single and bicolor shades. The flower petals range from crimson, red, and salmon to bronze and yellow.

5. Costa Snapdragons

Type: Group II
Growing season: Early Spring
Average height: 30 to 36 inches

Costa snapdragons grow long, strong, and sturdy stems, around 36 inches tall. They grow in early spring and require full sun exposure to grow healthy and thrive. They are excellent for planting indoors and outdoors, although it is recommended to begin cultivating them indoors. They come in various shades, with pale, gentle colors such as white, apricot, rose, and silvery pink.

6. Apollo Snapdragons

Type: Group III
Growing season: Late Fall
Average height: 32 to 60 inches

Apollo snapdragons are a type of antirrhinum plant that grows in late fall. This variety grows some of the largest flowers on the market, with open-faced florets. Flowers vary in color and are arranged perfectly on tall stalks. The most common colors of Apollo snapdragons are yellow, ivory, purple, and cinnamon.

7. Animation Snapdragons

Type:  Group III
Growing season: Late Fall
Average height:  36 to 40 inches

Animation snapdragons grow in stunning white shades, although a crimson variety is just as common. Even though these plants grow during late fall, they are ideal for indoor conditions or greenhouse production. The Animation variety is fantastic for growing in vases due to its appeal as a floral arrangement.

8. Opus Snapdragons

Type: Group IV
Growing season: Summer
Average height: 39 to 60 inches

Opus snapdragons are another tall variety of antirrhinum plants that, when provided with ideal growing conditions, can reach up to 5 feet. The stems are sturdy, featuring large, ruffled florets in various colors. The flowers are usually bicolored, appearing in white, pink, or blush shades. They typically bloom in early summer, producing flowers until the beginning of fall.

9. Aroma Snapdragon

Type: Group IV
Growing season: Summer
Average height: 30 inches

The Aroma snapdragon carries a name that precisely depicts the plant’s features. This unique antirrhinum plant has a strong and distinctive fragrance. This plant belongs to the Group IV Snapdragons because it grows in summer. They feature tall and upright stems, typically with single blooms. Since the stems are erect, they are easy to cut and use as flower arrangements.

10. Rocket Snapdragons

Type: Group IV
Growing season: Summer
Average height: 30 to 36 inches

Rocket snapdragons are tall plants growing up to 3 feet high and blooming in summer. The stalks are sturdy, thick, and grow upright. Like other snapdragon plants on this list, the Rocket snapdragon is excellent when grown both outdoors and indoors. Single flowers come in many beautiful colors, including white, pink, purple, red, and yellow.

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Tips for Growing Snapdragon at Home

Growing this stunning plant is not as hard as it may seem once you follow some basic rules and provide the plant with the necessary growing conditions. We will list some helpful tips for effortlessly growing the snapdragon plant at home.

  • Snapdragons require rich, well-drained soil to thrive.
  • It is best to place the plant in a room with a lot of natural sunlight, although it can tolerate shade.
  • Snapdragons require constant watering, so keeping the soil moist while the plant is young is best. Once established, provide the plant with 1 inch of water per week.
  • It is best to apply fertilizer once the snapdragon first starts producing flowers.
  • To extend the blooming season, pinch the young plant’s tips, making the plant bushier and thicker.

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Once you have read about the most popular snapdragon varieties, hopefully, you can choose one variety to grow at home. Each plant can make any indoor or outdoor space stand out with its lovely, vibrant colors and dense foliage. Growing the snapdragon is a rewarding and exciting process providing you with stunning colorful garden beds.

Featured Image Credit: Nick Pecker, Shutterstock

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