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Maurandella antirrhiniflora (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Rothm.
Snapdragon Vine , Roving Sailor, Climbing Snapdragon, Little Snapdragon Vine
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Synonym(s): Antirrhinum maurandioides, Asarina antirrhiniflora, Maurandya antirrhiniflora
USDA Symbol: maan9
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I)
Snapdragon Vine is a delicate, herbaceous vine which usually reaches 5 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.
This 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems climbing, up to about 10 feet long, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: 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
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: 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: Snapdragon vine 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
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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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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Texas Master Naturalists - Lost Pines Chapter - Bastrop, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0346 Collected May 27, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0028 Collected Sept. 20, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-628 Collected 2003-11-01 in Mason County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Maurandella antirrhiniflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Maurandella antirrhiniflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-17
Research By: TWC Staff, MAC