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Snapdragon

( Antirrhinum sp. )

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Antirrhinum is a genus of herbaceous plants that grows on rocky and steep soils in the Mediterranean region. It can also be found growing on walls, always in full sunlight. The various species of Antirrhinum (more than 40) can be annual or perennial. Some of them have highly decorative flowers, especially Antirrhinum maius, which is often grown in nurseries for the flower shops. The Latin name of the genus hints at the nose-like shape of the flowers. The English common name is because the petals when pressed with fingers do open and let someone think of dragon jaws. For the same reason, the plant is called Bocca di Leone (Lion's mouth) in Italian.

 

Height: up to 80 cm.
Origin: Mediterranean
Environment: steep hillsides, on rocky soils; in full sun
Climate: warm and dry

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