Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Antirrhinum majus

A green dye is obtained from the flowers, it does not require a mordant[168]. Dark green and gold can also be obtained if a mordant is used[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves and flowers are antiphlogistic, bitter, resolvent and stimulant[7, 115]. They have been employed in poultices on tumours and ulcers[4]. It is effective in the treatment of all kinds of inflammation and is also used on haemorrhoids[7]. The plant is harvested in the summer when in flower and is dried for later use[7].

  • Edible Use

    An oil that is little inferior to olive oil is said to be obtained from the seeds[4]. The report also says that the plant has been cultivated in Russia for this purpose[4]. The seeds are very small and I wonder about the authenticity of this report[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 10 – 21 days at 18¡c[134]. Cool nights assist germination[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in July/August and will produce larger and more floriferous plants the following summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in September in a cold frame[200].
Prefers a light well drained loam and a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are tolerant of clay and lime soils, and also grow well on old walls[200]. Plants are often grown as an annual since they usually degenerate in their second year[1]. They often self sow when well-sited[K]. There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value[200].
Europe. Naturalized in Britain[17].

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