The snapdragon is a plant which has colourful and velvety flowers. Each flower has two lips that open like jaws when the sides of the flower are pressed. They close as soon as the pressure is released.
The plant got its name because the lips of the flowers resemble the mouth of a dragon and because they snap shut when they are released after being pulled apart. Honeybees force open the flower's lips when they want to suck its nectar.
Snapdragons are native to the Pacific coast of North America. They grow to a length of 60 to 90 cm and are popular garden plants. Horticulturalists have developed many strains of snapdragons with various colours and fragrances for ornamental use.