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These flowers are also known as dragon flowers and these are annual flowers. A favourite of mainly the children, the ‘dragon mouths’ of the tiny blossoms can be pinched open or close. The flower heads of thee plants are blossom-laden and has very faint fragrant. The colours of the flowers are bright and variant. The spikes of the vertical flowers open gradually and slowly from bottom to top.
The scientific name of this plant is Antirrhinum majus. It belongs to the family of Scrophulariaceae. It is a native plant from the regions of the Mediterranean like north Portugal, Morocco, Southern France, Syria and Eastern Turkey. It is a herbaceous plant with their leaves spirally arranged. Bumblebees help in the pollination of the plants. The fruits contain many small seeds.
It is very easy to take care of these plants.
Average soil with good drainage system is good for the growth of these plants while overhead watering must be avoided.
Seedlings or plants must be set out after the last date of frost.
These plants being hardy are good in withstanding frost and so even after the fall, the plants seem blooming one needs not to be quick in clearing the plants up from the garden.
Watering must be done at a medium rate accordingly and avoiding overhead watering will be good.
Soil which is of average quality and has a good drainage system is perfect for a healthier growth o these plants.
These plants grow well in full sun light and prefer an average temperature ranging between thirty two degree Fahrenheit and about sixty five degree Fahrenheit.
The flowers are found in many colours such as maroon, white, yellow, red, peach and pink or any bicolour.
The blooming period of these plants is from April to frost.
These plants grow up to a height from one foot to three feet.
If it happens that the soil is poor then any fertilizer of general purpose can be used before planting the seeds and after the drying up of the flowers the plants must be cut from top to about six inches.
To these cut plants, fertilizers of general purpose must be added up for new growths and a second bloom.
These plants have many ornamental uses.