Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia) is an upright, glabrous, somewhat bushy, tropical perennial that is native to Mexico and the West Indies. Angelonia is an erect little perennial with smooth stems and narrow 2-3 inch leaves with toothed margins and pointed tips. The flowers are almost an inch across and borne in slender upright spikes. Noted for its long summer bloom of small snap-dragon like flowers it is sometimes referred to as “Summer Snapdragon”.
Serena series angelonia is a long-blooming cultivar with a tough constitution. It is a bit shorter than other Angelonias. The 10 to 12 inch stems (which can reach up to 18 inches in warmer Southern regions) sport long rows of splendid 3/4-inch blooms that open gradually over several weeks. Serena flowers have an impressive spring to early fall bloom period.
- Numerous snapdragon-like flowers on tall spikes.
- Blooms from spring to early fall.
- Colors available in the series: purple, lavender pink, lavender, and white.
In the Garden
With their short stature and long lasting colorful blooms, angelonias are perfect as summer bedding plants or adding color to borders. For a massed effect, space plants 9 to 12 inches apart. They also make great container plants for porch planters and window boxes. All angelonias looks outstanding as container plants, either alone or combined with other plants, perfect for adding bright color to hot, sunny spaces.
- Very long blooming period.
- Attracts bees and butterflies.
- Deer resistant.
Caring & Growing
Angelonia has good tolerance for summer heat and humidity. It is a perennial in zones 9-11. Elsewhere it is usually grown as an annual or in a container to be brought indoors in cold weather.
Should be grown in full sunlight. At least six to eight hours of direct sun daily will help to produce stocky plants with plenty of flower spikes. Avoid areas that are shady.
Prefers moist, fertile soils with good drainage. As bedding plants, Angelonias will grow best in well-prepared beds amended with organic matter and a light fertilizer application.
Right after planting, water two or three times a week the first few weeks while the plants get established.
Once established, angelonia are moderately drought tolerant, but nevertheless do best in average to evenly moist conditions. Adopt a regular watering schedule for best performance. Allow the soil to dry in between watering. Avoid over watering as angelonia will not tolerate standing water.
Fertilize the plants with a light, monthly application of a 10-5-10 fertilizer or similar mix, but be careful not to overfertilize or the plants will produce more leaves and less flowers.
Deadheading is not required.
Prune early planted angelonias in August, after several months of growth. This will make the plants shorter, fuller and more attractive as they continue to bloom into November.