About Northern Lights Snapdragon: These bright flowers originally come from Morocco. The common names of Toadflax and Baby Snapdragon come from the unusual appearance of the blooms. Though similar types are common in the wild, this hybridized species won the prestigious AAS Award in 1934 and quickly became established as an easily grown garden favorite. The genus name Linaria means “flax-like,” referring to the similarity of the plant’s growth to that of flax.
Northern Lights Snapdragon Germination: Direct sow in late fall or early spring, just below the surface of the soil. To start indoors, sow the seed 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring; keep the soil evenly moist until germination. Transplant the seedlings as soon as they can safely be handled.
Growing Northern Lights Snapdragon Seeds: Water seedlings and control weeds until they become established; mature plants also flourish with occasional watering. The blooming of these plants decreases with the heat of summer; cut back the foliage after blooming has ended, unless seeds are being harvested. This plant self-sows in good conditions. It als makes an excellent container or border plant, and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Harvesting Northern Lights Snapdragon: These blooms make excellent cut flowers. Choose stalks with flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the foliage that will fall below the surface of the water.
Saving Northern Lights Snapdragon Seeds: After blooming, this plant will produce seed heads that eventually release their seeds. Watch the heads carefully and gather the seed as soon as it has ripened. Store in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Northern Lights Snapdragon Info: Origin: Introduced US Flower Other Common Names: Toadflax, Baby Snapdragon Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Spring to Fall Height: 24-30 inches Spacing: 12-15 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 420,000 Produces a plant with fern-like foliage and spikes of small, snapdragon-like flowers in red, pink, lavender, and white.