Who knew snapdragons were edible?
We loved the flowers on the snapdragons at Booyong this Winter, they were so bright and the flowers bloom right up the stalk. I especially loved the yellow ones which were almost a fluorescent hue. The flowers resemble an open mouth, snapped shut and the leaves are assembled in a spiral around the stem. I have to be honest I had no idea what this plant was when it began to flower. As you might know, my labeling skills leave allot to be desired.
Growing – Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are a perennial (commonly grown as an annual) that should be grown in well drained, rich, moist soil in full sun to partial shade. Their heights vary (30cm- 1m) and they come in a large spectrum r of colours including white, yellow, pink, red, orange, and purple.
Care – They can withstand a light frost and don’t require a heavy feed, but will benefit from mulch and adequate watering, especially during dry periods.
Pests and Diseases – Snapdragons are affected by many diseases during especially wet or warm weather. These include bacterial leaf spot, powdery mildew, and rust and pests like aphids, and spider mites. To avoid disease and ensure good air flow, plant them 30 cm apart.
Harvest – Snapdragons flower in Spring and Autumn and like many flowers, deadheading them will extend the flowering season. They are very popular as cut flowers and the perfect height for a mason jar, bringing some lovely colour into your home. They will often stop blooming in the heat of summer.
Propagation – Propagate from seed indoors and harden off in cool temperatures before planting in the garden, they are slow to start and may on occasion self sow. They form seed pods and our lovely neighbour and friend Marlene, is helping us to collect seeds so we can share them with friends and our local PSW seed savers group.
Eating – Snapdragons are edible but are often used predominantly in salads or as a garnish due to their bland/bitter taste. The flavour is said to be like chicory and they are also considered ideal garnish for a cocktail glass due to their solid upright shape.