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Marcus, Joseph A.
Maurandella antirrhiniflora (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Rothm.
Snapdragon Vine, Roving sailor, Climbing snapdragon, Little snapdragon vine
Synonyms: Maurandya antirrhiniflora
USDA Symbol: maan9
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Snapdragon vine is a delicate, herbaceous vine which usually reaches 3 ft. or more in length. Small, rose-purple flowers occur on slender pedicels from the axils of triangular, lobed leaves. also known as Roving sailor.
These vine, not a true snapdragon, is charming, attractive and well worth cultivating as a small, dense vine or even a groundcover with each plant covering about a 3 x3 area. It can be grown from seed and it will produce small, scrambling vines that die back to the ground each winter. The small flowers, produced in abundance, resemble what most people think of as garden snapdragon that grows on spikes.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Vine Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , CA , FL , HI , MD , NM , NV , TX , UT Native Distribution:
S. TX to s. CA, s. to Mex. Native Habitat:
Found climbing on shrubs and hanging from bluffs in rocky, calcareous soils in the southern half of the Hill Country, in the south coastal region, through the Rio Grande Plains to the Trans-Pecos. Dunes, Hillsides, Slopes, Woodlands edge, Opening USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry CaCO3 Tolerance:
High Cold Tolerant:
Various well-drained soils, especially on limestone. Well-drained sand, loam, caliche, limestone. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam Clay, Saline tolerant. Conditions Comments:
is a diminutive climber suitable for small trellises and gates or for trailing down from a hanging basket. The flowers resemble miniature, individual snapdragon blossoms. It is fairly cold hardy in Central Texas, protect it north of Austin. The Buckeye butterfly eats snapdragon vine
for larval food.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Larval Host: Common buckeye
Deer Resistant: High
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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February 26, 2007
Mr. Smarty Plants: My Mother and I love to see all the beautiful Snapdragons blooming each year. We never know when to actually plant the seeds in order to have the Snapdragons come up and bloom by th...
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0346
Collected May 27, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry CliffeNPSOT 0028
Collected Sept. 20, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-628
Collected 2007-11-02 in Mason County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2013-05-21
Research By: TWC Staff, MAC