NC State Extension

Antirrhinum Snapdragon ‘Apollo Purple’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 1998

Good Qualities:

Great color – magenta (10); Long, straight stems (5); Bloomed very early (earlier than ‘Rocket’ snaps) (4); Seed germination very good (4); Easy to grow (2); Many cuts per plant; No lag time between first cuts & next round of flowers (2); Unusual snapdragon form (2); Long blooming time; Pretty flowers; Good for market; 74% germination; Excellent stem strength with no support; Kept producing flowers until frost


Florets are too far apart on stems (4); Very thin stems – weak (2); Flowers unevenly spaced (2); Somewhat spindly stems – not quite as durable as other varieties (2); Not as full a flower as ‘Rocket’ (2); Flowers are too simple; Flowers fall off the stem too easily; They don’t look like snaps; Don’t really fill in a bouquet well; Don’t like the form of the flower as much as other varieties; Stems not as thick as ‘Animation’; Short cutting season.


The florists I sell to either really liked this open snap or they didn’t like it at all. This was the only thing that made it questionable to grow again; A different type of snap floret, more open but usable; Liked the look – Adifferent@ from other snaps; Cold wind damage occurred during hardening off process before planting in field (purple leaves). – No damage to ‘Rocket’ snapdragons; This snap was short and spindly, but at least it fought its way thru the rain; Much stronger than Ivory. – We missed the ‘snap’ in the dragon; I used them a lot in bouquets, but my customers passed them by when they made theirs.

Trial Data

Snapdragon ‘Apollo Purple’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 6.5 18.0 4.0 3.9 4.5

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


PanAmerican Seed

P.O. Box 438

West Chicago, IL 60186

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