Angelonia angustifolia (Angelonia, Summer Snapdragon, etc.)

Angelonia from a cutting on 8-3-11, #70-4.

Angelonia, Summer Snapdragon, Angel Flower

Angelonia angustifolia

An-jel-OH-nee-ah  an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-ah

Angelonia angustifolia Benth. is the accepted scientific name for this species of Angelonia. It was first described by George Bentham in Prodromus Systematis Regni Vegetabilis in 1874. Tropicos says the “In Author” was Alphonse Louis Pierre Pyramus de Candolle.

The genus Angelonia Bonpl. was named and described by Aimé Jacques Alexandre Bonpland in Plantae Aequinoctiales in 1812.  

As of 1-6-23 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 29 species in the Angelonia genus. It is a member of the plant family Plantaginaceae with 107 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.


Angelonia flower on 6-8-12, #97-3.

I bought my Angelonia from Lowe’s in 2009 and planted it in a new floor bed in the backyard by the east sunroom along the fence. It did very well in 2009 so I decided to take cuttings and make more in the spring of 2010. They were in a little too much shade along the sunroom so after I took cuttings I kept them in more sun and they did better. It doesn’t spread that well, so they need a little help with cuttings so you will have more. The Angelonia do very well in pots as well as in the ground.

Family: Plantaginaceae
Origin: Mexico down into Columbia and Peru, & the West Indies.
Zones: USDA Zones 9-11
Size: 18-24″ tall
Light: Sun to light shade
Soil: Average to moist well-drained soil
Water: Average water needs but is drought tolerant once established.

Angelonia angustifolia is very easy to grow in sun to light shade. They prefer brighter light but appreciate a little afternoon shade in hot summer climates. They need well-drained soil but prefer it consistently moist even though they are somewhat drought tolerant.

Now that I live in USDA zone 6a I would have to grow them as an annual. I haven’t seen them at any of the local greenhouses or garden centers since I moved back to mid-Missouri.

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4 comments on “Angelonia angustifolia (Angelonia, Summer Snapdragon, etc.)

  1. june cutright says:

    i’m growing angelonica in florida +not having much luck. i’ve got them in am sun +they’re alive but thats about it. i’ve made sucessfully rooted cuttings but cant find a garden or container that they like well enough to bloom. +those whites are right up my alley: feel cool in summer heat

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    • Hello June! I liked their flowers but they could be weird to figure out sometimes. Morning sun worked better for them when I was in Mississippi. I just kept them in any old pot in Mississippi and they overwintered and flowered the next year. How long have you had them? How old are the cuttings? Is your soil not suitable to grow them in the ground? There are a few factors we have to consider. Here in Missouri, I tried ‘Perfectly Pink’ in 2018 and they did great in full sun on the south side of the house. I am not a big fan of pink (it’s a guy thing) but they were really neat. Angelonia aren’t commonly available locally from year to year and I don’t have a place to overwinter cuttings at the moment. Find just any ‘ol pot because they aren’t particular. 🙂 Water when the soil is dry because they really don’t like it overly wet. Are they growing OK and looking healthy? Mine didn’t start flowering until about June in Mississippi and this is only January so you may not get flowers until day length is just right. I am not sure what triggers Angelonia to flower. You know, when you buy perennials that are flowering the first year, that may not be when they will flower naturally the following year. Keep me posted and you can send photos to me at if you would like. It might be a good idea… Take care and thanks for the comment!


      • june cutright says:

        thnx. the angelonica look beat up +dry. watering doesnt seem to help +i cant imagine more sun being the answer. perhaps they need a pot. i’ve put a few in pots +those arent really going anywhere either. ha, i keep trying. i finally figured out what sage wants in sw florida heat +its not much sun.+the alocasia elephant ear w purple stem has been moved 3x. details to follow

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        • Well, at the moment it is hard for me to imagine what is going on down there in Florida since it is winter up here in west-central Missouri. The Angelonia I grew in Mississippi did seem to do better in pots during the summer and it was easier to meet their needs. Sometimes you do need to move plants around a bit to find their sweet spot. I even grew the Alocasia in pots in Mississippi and of course here in Missouri.


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