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Antirrhinum (Snapdragaon)
Antirrhinum 'Dancing Flame'

Snapdragon 'Dancing Flame'
picture: Mr Fothergills Seeds

This the first widely available snapdragon with variegated foliage. The leaves are streaked with white and the young shoot tips are tinted with pink so the plant is striking before the flowers appear &endash; even in the seedling stage it looks pretty. The flowers themselves are a vibrant orange-red shade and stand out brightly above the variegated leaves. 'Dancing Flame', which reaches 15-18in.38-45cm in height, is vigorous and just as easy to grow as other snapdragons.

This is not the very first variegated snapdragon. I first grew 'Powys Pride' about five years ago, a variegated form of 'Coronette Scarlet', and 'Dancing Flame' has been developed from this variety. In the 1999 Fleuroselect trials there was an interesting variegated antirrhinum, shorter and bushier than 'Dancing Flame' but in a mixture of colors. We'll have to wait a year or two for this to appear in catalogues.

Type: Half-hardy annual (perennial in zone 9 and above)
Height: 15-18in.38-45cm.
Season: early summer to first frosts
Situation: Full sun to half shade, good soil.
Mr Fothergill's Seeds (UK), Dobies Seeds (UK)


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