The Snapdragon (or Antirrhinum if you’re feeling boring) is a hardy perennial as rich in character and symbolism as its memorable name deserves. Even when presented with the most eye-catching of bouquets, we tend to interact with them passively - gazing from a distance for fear of disturbing their arranged perfection.
The snapdragon only got its name due to some seriously up close and personal contact though. If you gently squeeze the head of its flowers - as some presumably entertainment-starved people once realised - then the resulting formation of petals resembles the head of a dragon… Okay, not everyone is convinced (other nicknames for the Antirrhinum include Lion’s Mouth, Calf’s Snout and Toad’s Mouth), but there’s no denying the sense of strength that these often multi-coloured blooms bring to a bouquet.
As well as being heavily associated with magical properties (particularly the white and purple variations), the Snapdragon played an altogether more complex symbolic role during the Victorian era. Associated with both deception and graciousness, lovers who wanted to apologise for making a mistake would send a bouquet of both snapdragons and hyacinths.