Asarina

Common name: Climbing Snapdragon

Asarina procumbens is a tender deciduous evergreen trailing perennial that is native to the Pyrenees mountains where it grows shaded among the rocks.

It is a drought tolerant plant that is useful for use in rock gardens, to trail down banks or over walls, and hang in hanging baskets.

It is difficult to overwinter in the UK, so is often treated as an annual.

Idealy it should be grown in sun to part shade in well drained sandy soil, where it may spread/creep to around 2.5 metres (8ft)

The fragrant flowers that appear in early summer, are not dissimilar to those of Antirrhinum, and come in a variety of colours that go on flowering until the first frosts.

Remove spent flowers and seed pods to prolong flowering, or harvest them for propagating the following year.

Plants can be propagated from cuttings taken in spring.

Cultivation notes:

Week 6: Sow seed in pots / trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 21°-26°C (70°-80°F)

Germination should take around 10-14 days.

Week 9: Prick out into 70mm (3”) pots of potting compost and gradually harden off in a cold frame until planting out time.

Week 20: Plant out into final quarters.





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