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Beautiful Madame Butterfly Snapdragons: Perennials or Annuals?

Hello friends! It’s hard to believe that May has come and gone and the school year has come to an end! I am so looking forward to spending my free time playing around in my garden! Over the past week things are really blooming out, especially my Madame Butterfly Snapdragons.


Can you believe these snapdragons have been blooming since last June? My neighbor gave me some seedlings early last spring and I really didn’t have a spot for them. I dug a hole in my backyard flower bed, popped in the un-thinned seedlings, and by the end of summer I was enjoying the most beautiful cut flowers! My neighbor assured me they were annuals, but they never fully died back in late fall. Even during the ice storm of February there were still a few blooms!



Here are several pictures of how my snapdragons are looking in their second year. 






I searched online for an answer to my question…are snapdragons annuals or perennials? The best answer I could find according to Gardening Know How is they can be both. Certain types of snapdragons are true annuals, meaning they grow, flower, set seed, and die all within one growing season. while other kinds of snapdragons are short-lived perennials (zones 7-11) which are usually grown as annuals. Some kinds can even winter over in  zones 5and 6. Some survive cold winter temperatures, and new plants grow from seeds in spring, making them seem like perennials.

Other sources claim that they are are short lived (about 3 years) perennial.




I love how the snapdragons look growing adjacent to the purple salvia.






This soft bubblegum pink snapdragon is just gorgeous! It would look so pretty in a vase but I just couldn’t bring myself to cut it.





Snapdragon, Madame Butterfly Mix Hybrid

The snapdragons my neighbor gave me were the Burpee Seeds: Madame Butterfly Hybrid Mix. I will be ordering more of these for sure!



I also absolutely love this Snapdragon Butterfly Mix from Floret Flowers with darker, moody colors.



I didn’t end up having any yellow snapdragons from last year’s planting, but my neighbor did end up with yellow ones. She just gave me another pot of seedlings, so maybe there will be some yellow ones in the mix!  Either way, I will be planting Madame Butterfly snapdragons for years to come so they will be “perennials” in my garden. They have become one of my favorite flowers!




Do you grow snapdragons in your garden? Have you ever had snapdragons return for multiple years? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!





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  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, what a lovely variety of snapdragons! I love them because they can take the Texas heat and the deer don’t bother them! I have a similar morning glory experience–they are supposed to be annuals but they come back every year, here! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    June 5, 2021 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Your garden is even more amazing with these gorgeous snapdragons. I love this variety! Look for your post to be featured this week at our Tuesday Turn About Link Party!

    June 8, 2021 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Kerryanne

    The humble snapdragon is one of my all time favourites too.
    I had a flush of them come up again this year where the water used to run off my garden bed, so I assume the seeds were carried by the excess water. They were a welcome surprise!
    Thank you for sharing this post at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your snapdragon post at the party tomorrow and pinning too.

    June 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm
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