The Language of Snapdragons - Flower Guy

The Language of Snapdragons

The Meaning of Snapdragons

The first question you probably have is, “Why dragons?”. Yup, that’s it! Also called Dragon Plant, if you gently squeeze the snapdragon’s blooms, they’ll take the shape of a dragon’s head. 

The snapdragon has two primary meanings if your second question has anything to do with what these blooms symbolise. 

  1. Grace and, due to its growth in rocky areas, strength.
  2. Deviousness

Hmm, an interesting combination, right?

Snaps’ genus name Antirrhinums is derived from the Greek word “antirrhinum”, which means “nose-like.” The Greeks also called it “kynokephelon”, which means “dog-headed.”

These blooms have been around for quite a while, before the day of the Roman Empire, to be specific. With that, they’ve become a solidified part of human mythology.

Since snaps are both a symbol of deception and grace – they have been used as a charm against falsehood throughout mythology. 

In the Victorian era, messages from lovers were secretly sent through flowers (sound familiar?). A snapdragon, combined with a flower known for truth-telling, such as hyacinth, meant that the sender was sorry for whatever wrong they had done (or will do). 

Snaps also symbolise grace, which we know, but grace specifically while under pressure or having inner strength in difficulty. 

Snapdragon Colour Meanings

Many flowers have just one meaning, but the snapdragon has many meanings depending on its colour. Here are just a few different colours and what their snapdragon colour meaning is:

Yellow snaps mean smiles, happiness, and overall good luck. 

Red snaps symbolise love, passion, and the gift of positive energy.

White snaps symbolise purity, grace, innocence, and good magic.

Purple snaps represent spirituality and magical mysteries. 

What Does Snapdragon Smell Like?

Snapdragon usually smells light and fruity—some have even compared its scent to bubblegum! 

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