ANTIRRHINUM BRAUN-BLANQUETII 'CANDY SPIRES'
Our trial ground holds several different "snapdragons". One of the very tallest is the pale-yellow flowered plant from northern Spain, Braun Blanquetti. One of our busy bees carried pollen from a red flower to this bed of flowers and produced the lovely hybrid swarm we have christened Candy Spires. Numerous spikes hold dense masses of medium-sized pale pink snapdragons, which open all summer long and will very gently self-seed wherever they are happy. Like its parents it has a very long flowering period, and although it blooms the first year from seed, it is truly spectacular in subsequent years when the bushy, spreading plant sends up a solid mass of tall stems which produces a living dome of colour. And of course, occasional hybrid seedlings of a slightly different colour may appear as we have numerous different forms in our gardens.....and still the busy bees!
For best results, seeds are sown directly into the ground where required in the spring. Alternatively, sow in late winter/early spring in gentle warmth, 15-20 degrees C. Prick out into small 3 inch or 7 cm. pots and plant in final position when the plants are established.
Classification:Hardy perennial, Hardy biennial