Linaria Seeds - Spurred Snapdragon
- Seed Count: 500 seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 60-75 days from sowing to flowering
- Plant Type: Annual
- Origin: Native to the Mediterranean region
- Height: 12-18 inches tall
- Flower Color: Ranges from purples, pinks to whites and yellows
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Preference: Well-drained, sandy to loamy soil
History: Linaria, commonly known as Spurred Snapdragon, has its origins in the Mediterranean region. It gets its common name from the resemblance of its flowers to those of the Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) and the unique "spur" that protrudes from the back of the flower. Despite its exotic appearance, this plant has a long history of cultivation in gardens around the world. In folklore and traditional medicine, Linaria has been used for its purported diuretic and detoxifying properties. Over the centuries, it has been cultivated for various purposes including ornamental, medicinal, and even as a source of dyes in some cultures.
Uses: Spurred Snapdragon is primarily grown for its ornamental value. Its colorful and unique flowers make it a popular choice for borders, containers, and rock gardens. Because of its moderate height, it works well as a filler plant, nestled between taller perennials or as an edging plant. It is also commonly used in butterfly gardens, as it attracts a variety of pollinators including butterflies and bees. Additionally, it makes for an attractive and long-lasting cut flower, offering a unique texture and shape for floral arrangements. For those interested in traditional remedies, the plant has been used in herbal medicine, although its efficacy is not widely supported by scientific evidence.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Linaria Spurred Snapdragon is an annual plant that matures relatively quickly, generally taking between 60 to 75 days from sowing to produce its first flowers. The plants grow to be 12-18 inches tall and are best suited to well-drained, sandy to loamy soils. They prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. To plant, sow the seeds directly in the ground in either late fall or early spring. The seeds should be lightly covered with soil and spaced about 8-10 inches apart. Keep the soil moist until germination, which usually takes 14-21 days. Once established, the plants are relatively drought-tolerant but will benefit from regular watering in prolonged dry spells. No need for extensive fertilization; however, a light application of a balanced fertilizer in the spring can be beneficial. Deadheading will prolong the blooming period and prevent self-sowing, should that be a concern.