February 19, 2019

Quick Squeeze

Antirrhinum majus 'Rocket Mix'

Janine Pineo Photo | Antirrhinum majus 'Rocket Mix,' snapdragon

Looking for vertical color? Look no further than Antirrhinum majus ‘Rocket Mix.’ The common snapdragon can reach 3 feet in height in a growing season, with most of that an impressive stalk of flowers. Like most plants grown as annuals in Maine, it will go to seed if you don’t deadhead the old flower stalks. You can usually find Rocket Mix every spring in local greenhouses, already starting to bloom in six-packs, with its range of white to yellow to pink to orange to red. Bumblebees love the throaty flowers — hence the tendency to go to seed so easily. And just what is with that common name, snapdragon? If we tell you, we know you are going to try this as soon as you set hands on a snapdragon (because we are, too). It seems that if you squeeze the flower’s throat, the mouth snap opens. Snapdragon!