Antirrhinum nuttallianum | Nuttalls Snapdragon
Nuttalls Snapdragon, also known as Island Snapdragon and Violet Snapdragon, is an herbaceous, miniature, annual or short-lived perennial plant native to California. It is often vine-like and will climb other plants for support. Without support, it is an upright, rounded plant, usually less than 2 feet high; with support, it may reach the tops of shrubs considerably taller. Prefers north-facing slopes and often grows beneath and through lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia).
Snapdragons are named after their flowers, which look like a dragon’s face. The tiny blue-lavender flowers of Nuttalls Snapdragon are no exception. The delicately veined purple and white lower lip makes an effective bee landing platform. Pollinated mostly by small native bees.
Good for flower gardens, under oaks, infill, rock gardens, and slopes.
Like most spring-blooming flowers, Antirrhinums are best sown indoors a few weeks before the expected last frost date in spring. Plants will thrive in the cooler temperatures of late spring and does best in sandy or rocky, well-drained soils.
Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade
Mature height: 12-30 inches
Mature width: 16-24 inches
Hardiness zones: 8- 10