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Scientific Name: Antirrhinum majus

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  • Annual
  • Snapdragons are mostly short-lived perennial plants with simple lance-shaped leaves.
  • The flowers resemble the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed, hence the name Snapdragon.
  • They came in incredible combinations of colours and is a good cut flower.
  • It is not frost tender and prefers full sun and well-drained soil with a PH near neutral.
  • Cutting back spent flower stalks will tend to encourage continued blooming.

Culinary Uses

  • The flowers are edible and can be added to green salad rather than be infused.
  • Although it has a bitter taste it is a great source of Vitamins.

Parts Used

  • The above part is harvested in the summer when in flower and is dried for later use.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • The leaves and flowers are antiphlogistic, bitter, resolvent and stimulant.
  • They can be used in poultices on skin tumours and ulcers.
  • It is effective in the treatment of all kinds of inflammation and is also used on haemorrhoids.

Other Uses

  • A green dye has also been extracted from the flowers.
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