The History of Snapdragons
Snapdragons have a long, rich history. They were known to have been cultivated as far back as the Roman Empire. Early Greeks and Romans believed that snapdragons offered protection from spells, curses and other misfortune. They were also believed to contain an elixir of youth and vitality; some women would use snapdragon essence as a facial skin tonic.
Snapdragon origins have been traced to the Mediterranean as well as to southern Europe, but they are now found all around the world. They were even named flower of the year here in America by the U.S. National Garden Bureau in in 1994. Today, there are three types of snapdragons that tend to be grown and cultivated: dragon jaws, double azalea, and butterfly.
What’s in a Name?
Snapdragon’s name references the look of their blooms, which, despite their beauty, also resemble a dragon’s head. The size of the snapdragon stalk can range from just 6 inches to up to a stunning 4 feet tall. The flowers of the snapdragon were originally just white and/or purple in color, but today there are many colors available, from pastels to deep yellows, reds and oranges.
While snapdragons do look lovely on their own, they really shine as an accent flower in a spring or summer arrangement. For example, the Sweet Twilight bouquet is bursting with spring splendor, combining the signature lavender Twilight Rose with an assortment of white and very light pastel colored snapdragons. The effect is truly breathtaking.
Send a Smile with Snapdragons
In case you haven’t seen it, The Twilight Rose features a radiating color pattern that combines a beautiful lavender hue with soft pinks and subtle reds, all in the same flower. This is a truly one of a kind rose that’s accented perfectly by snapdragon in the Sweet Twilight arrangement.
When ordinary just won’t do, send a flower arrangement that will take their breath away. Snapdragons are one of the highlights of spring. Blended with other spring blooms or with Twilight Roses, they’re sure to make a lasting impression.
Contact Breen’s Florist for more snapdragon ideas or to place your spring flower gift order.