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Friday, October 28, 2016

Photo Share: Tiny shrunken skull of a snapdragon

Snapdragons are familiar, old-fashioned flowers named for the blooms that resemble little dragon jaws that open and close when you gently squeeze the sides of the flowers. Although sold every spring at the garden centers, they are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa.

But this happy flower turns macabre at the end of summer. Once the pollinated blooms die back, seed pods develop that look like tiny shrunken skulls.

Little wonder that ancient cultures thought the snapdragon possessed supernatural powers. They were thought to offer protection from deceit, curses and witchcraft if they were planted in your garden.

Snapdragons or Antirrhinum are considered annuals in our cold temperate zone 5. However you can collect the little skull pods before they explode and let them dry for a couple days. Then shake the seeds out and store them in a cool dark place in a paper envelope to reseed in the spring.

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