Snapdragon, Black Prince (Organic)
Antirrhinum majus. 60-70 days.
We’re big fans of dark flowers; deep dark purples and reds are always welcome in our gardens. The alluring, velvety crimson Black Prince snapdragon is a great addition to our collection. Gorgeous flowers bloom early and continually up stems that reach 2 ½’ tall. Very attractive to bumblebees. Blooms early and keeps going late into the season, especially if deadheaded. Grows well in containers. May overwinter if you’re lucky, and just might self-seed. An old variety that dates from around 1915. Deer resistant.
Surface sow after danger of frost or sow indoors for transplant starting 8 weeks before last frost. Germination in 7 – 10 days. Thin/ transplant to 12” centers. Pinch growth tip when young to promote branching. Deadhead to prolong bloom. Perennial in zones 8 – 10. Will self-seed.
Collect seeds from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Will cross-pollinate. Isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/2 mile.