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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Antirrhinum majus 'Double Azalea Apricot'
Pronounced: an-tih-RI-num MAY-jus
Short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual.
Sunset zones: Not listed.
USDA zones: down to 5 when grown as an annual; winter hardy in zones 9-11.
Heat zones: 12-1.
Height: 3 feet (90 cm).
Summer until frost.
Racemes of double apricot-coral flowers.
Lance-shaped, green leaves.
Full sun to partial shade.
Moist, humus rich, well-drained soil.
Use a complete organic fertilizer when planting. If the plants winter over, side dress with fertilizer and compost in spring.
Root cuttings in summer.
Pinch out tips when growing to encourage more flowering stems. Deadhead flowers to prolong blooming.
Pests and Diseases:
Rust and botrytis may be problematic. Aphids, spider mites and caterpillars may be troublesome. None have caused problems in my garden.
Rainy Side Notes
Antirrhinum 'Double Azalea Apricot' is a lovely snap for the garden or container. My own plants grow in pots where the double flowers add some apricot zest to the jumble. The blossoms allegedly have a fruity fragrance, but I must confess I didn't do an aroma check on them, since the snaps I am acquainted with never had fragrance.
Because the extra petals keep the bees from entering the blossoms and pollinating them, the flowers last an uncommonly long time on the stalk. Provide the bees with some single snapdragon flowers to browse on and everyone's content.
For the vase, cut flowers when about 1/3 of the flowers are open or approximately eight flowers. Flowers persist 5-8 days in water.
All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Photographed in author's garden.