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PlantFiles: Angelonia, Summer Snapdragon
Angelonia gardnerii

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Angelonia (angel-on-ee-a) (Info)
Species: gardnerii (gard-NAIR-ee-eye) (Info)

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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8 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive astilbe2 On Oct 10, 2011, astilbe2 from Monroe, LA wrote:

This plant became very popular this spring at all of our local big box garden centers, although it was a new species to me.

I have thoroughly enjoyed all five plants. They have bloomed continuously since May, and are still blooming now in October!
They have perfomed even through our horrible Louisiana summer heatwave and drought. They are true "Summer Snapdragons." They do love full sun.

I will definitely be planting these again next spring.

Positive PainterWoman On Jun 19, 2010, PainterWoman from Plano, TX wrote:

Question: Mine are a) new and b) drooping a little... (I may be over watering as they are new.) Do they benefit from being pinched back, to avoid legginess? I've got them in a container and would prefer they stay fairly compact.

Positive willowwind On Nov 29, 2008, willowwind from Moundridge, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have now begun starting this annual from seed each year which is much more cost effective. They start fairly easily inside under lights and do beautifully in my tougher rural Kansas garden.

Positive robinsoutside On May 18, 2008, robinsoutside from Trophy Club, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

LOVED this plant last summer! Bought 3 and by the end of the season they had spread to a grouping at least 3'x4'. See picture. Beautiful!
Planted them in full Texas sun and they thrived and bloomed all summer long. Very little care required. When they started to sag I'd add water & they'd perk right up!
I miss them this year. Bought some "Angelface" but it's not doing as well as and doesn't have the delicate appearance of the Angelonia. Going with Angelonia next season for sure!

Positive vaalriver On Sep 17, 2007, vaalriver from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This turned out to be a true winner in my garden in Houston. Our extreme heat has not bothered it, not did the very wet summer we have had. It has bloomed non-stop. It is colorful but delicate and has an airy look to it.

Positive lightningbug On May 20, 2004, lightningbug from Buffalo, MN wrote:

My absolute favorite annual. I'm Zone 3 and purchase 3 each year. One pink, one blue and white, and one purple. A little spendy for annuals but worth the price because they look like miniature orchids in abundance and are a graceful touch in any garden. Lightning-Bug!

Positive zip On Nov 1, 2002, zip wrote:

I am so pleased with this plant. I bought one at the beginning of summer and it did so well, I bought two more later. We have hot, dry summers but all three plants did beautifully in large containers on my full sun patio. Bloomed all summer and didn't need deadheading! All three are still blooming in November, though fading a bit now. Wonderful!

Positive flamingonancy On Oct 4, 2002, flamingonancy wrote:

Love this plant more than any other plant I've ever grown, with the possible exception of my 'old fashioned screw pine'!
I bought it locally (Northern Baltimore) in the spring, even though it was a little pricey for my novice/container gardening style. I put it in a big pot in full sun, sprayed it with some food every now and then during the summer, watered it w/recycled water (the drought of '02), and it grew as big as a small shrub, and positively loaded with flowers all summer long. I've cut long beautiful stems of flowers every week for my (again, novice) arrangements. It's colorful, yet airy and graceful, not showy. Highly recommend it.

Neutral Baa On Oct 29, 2001, Baa wrote:

A perennial from Brazil.

Has lance like, hairy, mid green leaves on tall erect stems. Bears white, sometimes spotted with red or lilac flowers which look a little like tiny snapdragons flattened from the front.

Flowers June-August.

Like a moist, well drained, humus rich soil in full sun.

Not hardy and will probably only take temperatures down to 52F. Bring indoors in frost prone areas.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clanton, Alabama
Davis, California
Lakeside, California
Oak View, California
San Jacinto, California
San Jose, California
Simi Valley, California
New Castle, Delaware
Brooksville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Saint Cloud, Florida
Lagrange, Georgia
Davenport, Iowa
Moundridge, Kansas
Monroe, Louisiana
Scott, Louisiana
Buffalo, Minnesota
Circle Pines, Minnesota
Hammonton, New Jersey
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Manteo, North Carolina
Mooresville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Batavia, Ohio
Conway, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Denison, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Lampasas, Texas
Liberty, Texas
Lincoln, Texas
Plano, Texas
Roanoke, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Glen Allen, Virginia
Ruther Glen, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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