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A Plant Survival Story

Vic Fox has kindly sent us a photograph of an Asarina procumbens or trailing antirrhinum. He bought the seeds from Thompson and Morgan some 25 years ago and grew them for hanging baskets which were sold at his nursery, Orchard House Gardens. A couple of plants he kept at home and grew on under a sheltered wall, however in the end they disappeared. Two years ago he found a seedling in his onion bed which he then potted up and it is now growing vigorously as one can see in the cover photograph.

Asarina procumbens is a trailing perennial which forms a wide mat of slightly sticky, kidney shaped leaves, with solitary 2–lipped snapdragon-like, pale yellow marked with deeper yellow and veined purple flowers appearing throughout the summer months.

Once included in the snapdragon genus as Antirrhinum asarina , this creeping plant is native to the Iberian peninsula and is sometimes called Creeping Snapdragon. It has no serious insect or disease problems.

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