Angelonia angustifolia 'Archangel Cherry Red'

Summer Snapdragon

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 10-12 inches, requiring about 10-12 inches to properly grow, and should be kept at a height of 12-14 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: 12-14 in

Spread: 10-12 in

USDA Zone: Zones 9 - 10

Color: Red

Interesting Notes:

The Summer Snapdragon is native to North America, and is a prized beauty for every garden, cut bouquet, or container combination. Angelonia Archangel is a line developed by Ball Seed with great growth habit and improved heat tolerance. These upright beauties were awarded the Top 10 2011 performers at Mississippi State University, and Pink, Purple and White were recognized for excellent performance at the 2011 Massachusetts Horticultural Society trial.

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. Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich medium green foliage and healthy soft mauve/pink with spotted throat 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 Archangel 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 Archangel 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 Archangel is that it does not require deadheading. These large blossomed 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:

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds


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

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

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


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Mid Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Well Drained


  • Compact