Angelonia – A Plant of the Scrophulariaceae Family
This flower belongs to Scrophulariaceae Family and commonly called Angel Flower. Its scientific name is Angelonia Angustifolia. These flowers were commercially introduced in late 90s and they resemble small snapdragons. They can bloom all summer even if you do not remove the old flowers from the plant. They are 2 to 3 feet in height and can spread up to 0.75 to 1 foot. The flowers stalk with upright spikes. These flowers are native to North America and tropical and subtropical areas of new world. They are a spectacular addition to your gardens and they would make your garden more colorful. It is a tough perennial flower and can withstand summer’s heat and humidity. Its structure is versatile so they would definitely look so gorgeous in garden.
Different color flowers symbolize different properties. Violet colored flowers symbolize wisdom and spiritual insight, they increases quiet moments of introspection. These flowers are simply the genus of tropical American herbs which are having the long racemes of light purple and blue flowers. These flowers are also known as flowers that keep on giving as they can re grow themselves once they have reduced half their size.
Uses of Angelonia
- They are excellent for containers.
- They are widely used as cut flowers.
- They can be used as annual bedding plants for the borders of your garden.
- They also grow well in window boxes and pots.
- You can also use them indoors for decorating your vase in living room as it can retain its fragrance indoors.
- They are available in violet, white and pink colors.
- Alba are white flowers and Purple are purple flowers and they are also available in different varieties like Angel Mist Series and Princess Series.
- They are lightly fragrant and its foliage smells like apple.
- They are non aggressive and non invasive.
- They have medium foliage of blue and green color.
- They have wide open monstrous dragon shaped mouth.
- They can tolerate droughty and damp soil.
- It requires full sun.
- They can withstand dry spells but prefers moist and well drained soil.
- The soil around young seedling should be kept moist.
- Soil should be enriched with compost before planting.
- You can also mix liquid fertilizers every once in a while to keep the soil nutritive.
How to Plant?
- This plant can be easily propagated by cuttings and are not available in seed.
- You can always buy rooted cuttings as they are virus free.
- You can also propagate through seeds, if available.
- They grow more horizontally than vertically so plant likewise.
- Seeds take about 20 days to germinate and in some cases it can also take up to two months.
Maintenance and Care
- Viruses are caught easily in flowers, so take care.
- Even if the plants are not deadheaded they will continue to flower.
- They are low maintenance plants and can be taken care of easily.
- Lots of sunshine is the key for growing this plant.