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Angelonia angustifolia 'Angelface Blue'

Summer Snapdragon

Angelface Blue features Deep Purple-Blue blooms.


Angelonia is known as a "thriller" because of its upright nature and tendancy to "wow" in any garden or pot combo. Its sweet colors and rich fragrance are complimentary to many flowers and supportive of many floral combinations. This hardy plant has a spread of 12-14 inches, requiring about 10-14 inches to properly grow, and should be kept at a height of 20-24 inches.

Angelonia features linear leaves with multiple large flowers that provide a burst of color all summer long. Its ability to thrive in full heat and full sun make it a very good support choice for any container combination, landscape design, or window box.

Height: 20-24 Inches

Spread: 12-14 Inches

USDA Zone: 9 to 10

Color: Blue, Deep Purple

Interesting Notes:

The Summer Snapdragon is native to North America, and is a prized beauty for every garden, cut bouquet, or container combination. Angelonia Angelface is a hybrid line developed by Proven Winners with great growth habit and improved heat tolerance. These upright beauties have received over 70 awards, including Top 50, Best Seller, and Disney's Superior rating.

Angelface Blue Improved is a bold purple-blue flower (these blooms measure around 1.25 inches) with deep green vegetation, designed to compliment any landscape design or floral arrangement. Key features of this variety include a uniform upright habit, a well-branching sturdy nature with minimal breakage, shrinkage, and tangling, heat and drought tolerance, and low maintenance requirements.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Angelface blue is more is more compact and tends to flower a few weeks earlier than other color varieties in this series. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich dark green foliage and vibrant purple-blue flowers as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Angelonia Angelface is a sun-loving, humidity-tolerating annual that says, "Bring on the heat!" The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Because of its high heat tolerance, Angelonia can also be planted in the heat of summer. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Once planted, Angelonia will last from late spring, through the summer, until frost returns in the fall.

Angelonia Angelface Blue is a low maintenance plant and is drought resistant. Fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant's main stem, avoiding wetting the plant's foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. If you are planning to keep your Angelonia in a window box or container, regular fertilizer application is recommended for optimal plant health. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.

Another great feature of Angelonia Angelface is that it does not require deadheading. These whimsical beauties will continuously bloom all season, no grooming required. If your plants start to look messy feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1-2 weeks.

While pests are not a huge threat for this line of plants, they may occasionally get whiteflies or aphids. Pests often operate on the underside of the leaves, and can be tough to spot without a magnifying glass. Whiteflies look like tiny white moths but operate much like aphids. Damage to plants will include yellowing, shriveling, and premature dropping of leaves. If you spot an insect or two buzzing around your flowers, do not panic, these pests only pose a threat when they congregate in large numbers. If you suspect a pest problem, hang a sticky trap above the plant to catch the pests and get a clear diagnostic for optimal pest control.

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant's leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth.

Deer, a large pest of many flowers, are not attracted to Angelonia. These fruity grape-scented flowers are however, very attractive to pollinators, such as butterflies and bees, which add a touch of beauty to the garden and promote plant growth.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies

Attributes:

  • No Deadheading
  • Fragrant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Cut Flower

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Focal Point
  • Cut Flower
  • Edging
  • Container
  • Window Boxes
  • Border
  • Specimen
  • Mass Planting

Exposure:

  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green

Habit:

  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Well Drained

Vigor:

  • Medium