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Snapdragon

Antirrhinum magus

On May 28, 1767 Jefferson observed "Snap-dragon" blooming at Shadwell, his childhood home, and four years later, he listed this native of southern Europe among the hardy flowers to be naturalized in a "shrubbery" at Monticello. The Snapdragon is an excellent example of a flower whose appearance has changed little in three hundred years, and Jefferson's Snapdragon might have been the purple-flowering species that now grows wild throughout southern Europe.

Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Reds
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 May 11 to 2001 Nov 82002 Apr 25 to 2002 Jun 282003 May 13 to 2003 Jul 142004 May 14 to 2004 Aug 132005 Jun 10 to 2005 Jun 232006 May 24 to 2006 Dec 12007 May 29 to 2007 Nov 152008 Jun 6 to 2008 Oct 132009 May 29 to 2009 Sep 12010 May 24 to 2010 Sep 12011 Jun 7 to 2011 Aug 152012 May 24 to 2012 Jul 202014 Jun 2 to 2014 Jul 17
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