Angelonia, Summer Snapdragon, Angel Flower
Angelonia angustifolia Benth. is the correct and 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 12-8-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 28 species in the Angelonia genus. It is a member of the plant family Plantaginaceae with 105 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
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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.
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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