Snapdragon, the common name for about 40 species of annual or perennial herbs that grow in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They are erect or climbing plants ranging in height from about six inches to five feet (15150 cm). The leaves are oval or spear-shaped. The showy flowers may be white, yellow, pink, red, or purple. They grow either singly or in spiked clusters atop the plant's stems. The shape of the snapdragon flower has been fancifully likened to that of a dragon's head and it can be made to snap open by gently pinching its sides.The snapdragon is a popular flowering plant.
The common snapdragon, native to the Mediterranean region, is a popular garden and florist's flower in the United States. The flowers of the many varieties of this plant range from red and purple to white.
Snapdragons make up the genus Antirrhinum of the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae. The common snapdragon is A. majus.