snap·​drag·​on | \ˈsnap-ˌdra-gən \

Definition of snapdragon 

: any of a genus (Antirrhinum of the family Scrophulariaceae, the snapdragon family) of herbs having showy bilabiate flowers especially : a widely cultivated one (A. majus) of Mediterranean origin having usually pink, red, yellow, or white flowers

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In many situations deer pass up zinnias and snapdragons. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The deer-proof plants you should plant this spring," 11 May 2018 Continue to deadhead: Remove faded, dead flowers from cool-season bedding plants, such as foxglove, columbine, snapdragon and dianthus. Dan Gill,, "This week's gardening tips: stake tomato plants and add sod," 29 Apr. 2018 Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Feed your garden so it can feed you | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 With the hot weather though, the snapdragons will contract fungal rust disease and decline quickly. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s blooming in S.A. gardens now in April," 20 Apr. 2018 The martinis will featuring No.209 Gin and edible flowers such as rose, geranium, lavender, and snapdragons. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Here are Earth Day activities happening around the country," 20 Apr. 2018 At the garden center, select some pansies, violas, forced bulbs, primroses, ranunculus, snapdragons or any other cool-season plants. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: A Goodwill find makes a perfect spring basket," 23 Mar. 2018 The best of this batch would certainly include ornamental bananas, cannas, ornamental grasses such as purple fountaingrass, snapdragons (cool months), Gold Star esperanza, tropical hibiscus, copper plants, cordylines, yuccas and colocasias. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Add more punch to planters with these tips on thrillers, fillers, spillers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Apr. 2018 Seeds to start: Lobelia (20 days to germinate, seeds need light), snapdragons (10 days, seeds need light, cool), carnation (20), verbena (20), pelargonium, salvia and pansies. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "You can start poppies and raspberry bushes from seed. Here’s how," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of snapdragon

1573, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snapdragon

from the fancied resemblance of the flowers to the face of a dragon

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English Language Learners Definition of snapdragon

: a tall plant that has many usually pink, white, red, or yellow flowers


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Kids Definition of snapdragon

: a garden plant with stalks of usually white, pink, red, or yellow flowers with petals resembling two lips

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