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Plant Guide

Antirrhinum multiflorum 'Rose Snapdragon'

Common Name
Rose Snapdragon
CA Native
California Native
Plant Type
Perennial
Size
3' x 1.5' - 2'
Flower Color
Purple
Bloom Time
  • Summer
Leaves
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Seldom Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Hummingbirds
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
Water Use
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This California native has showy spikes of 1/2 inch pink and pale yellow flowers on upright 3 foot stalks above 2 foot evergreen foliage. It is a delicate looking, wild snapdragon and has a sweet, light fragrance. It is considered drought tolerant once established. Looks good in midperennial borders, cottage gardens and naturalized gardens. Some companion plants are Nepeta 'Walkers Low', any of the Achillea, Penstemon 'Margarita BOP', and Salvia apiana.

Plant in well drained-soil with the root ball level with top of soil in fall or early spring. Tolerates many soil types including clay but will appreciate some compost mixed into the native soil. Water well after planting and mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce weed development.  Cut off spikes when finished blooming for a second flush in late summer. Cut back to 12" in early spring.

Heavily used by hummingbirds.

No serious pests or diseases.

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