Common name: Dog flower, Snapdragon
Botanical name: Antirrhinum majus Family: Scrophulariaceae (dog flower family)
The flower which goes by the name of dog-flower in India, is known as
snapdragon in other places.
Dog flowers, like many garden flowers, have a long history of enjoyment.
Children love opening the jaw of the flower and watching it snap shut.
Opening the dog's jaw in just the right place is a skill passed down from
parent to child just like the love of gardening. Dog flowers are available
in every color but blue. They are, in botanical terminology, zygomorphic, with
assymetrical petals, and stamens and stigma enclosed between the two petal
lips comprising fused petals. Dog flowers have upright stems dressed with
two-lipped tubular flowers. The gradual opening of the buds provides
color for an extended period of time. Although technically short-lived
perennials, snapdragons are usually grown as annuals. Most cultivars come true
Native originally to North Africa, Spain and along the Mediterranean to Italy,
snapdragons have become naturalized in India.
| Photographed in Sundar Nursery, Delhi.|