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Sairocarpus coulterianus (Coulter's snapdragon)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Sairocarpus coulterianus

Sairocarpus coulterianus (Benth. ex A. DC.) D.A. Sutton

Coulter's Snapdragon, White Snapdragon

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Antirrhinum coulterianum, Antirrhinum coulterianum ssp. orcuttianum

USDA Symbol: SACO13

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Slender, wand-like racemes of bilaterally symmetrical flowers on sparsely leaved stems; slender tendrils in flower cluster cling to other vegetation. Flowers: Corolla about 1/2" (1.5 cm) long; upper corolla lip 2-lobed, bent upward.

This snapdragon's tall slender spires are sparsely distributed and thus never provide dense color displays.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb , Vine
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems seldom self-supporting, up to about 5 feet long, branches twining.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: White to pale purple.


Native Distribution: Southern California and northern Baja California.
Native Habitat: Brushy flats and slopes in loose soil.

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Obtaining information about non-native Maurandella antiffhiniflora seeds
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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Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sairocarpus coulterianus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sairocarpus coulterianus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sairocarpus coulterianus


Record Modified: 2023-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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