There are about 40 species of snapdragons or dragon plants, also known as the plant genus Antirrhinums. When the flower is gently squeezed, it apparently makes the flower look like a dragon’s head. Keep in mind that centuries ago there was no television, radio or printed books. People found amusements wherever they could. Nowadays, people admire snapdragons and give them as gifts more than they squeeze them.
What Does the Snapdragon Flower Mean?
Snapdragons possess two meanings. This is similar to the mythical creature they resemble, revered in some cultures and feared in others:
- A snapdragon means grace and, due to its growth in rocky areas, strength.
- However, it can also symbolize deviousness.
Etymological Meaning of the Snapdragon Flower
Although the common English name snapdragon is taken from the flower’s appearance, the genus name Antirrhinums is a bit more obscure. It derives from the Greek word “antirrhinon” which roughly translates to “nose-like.” The Greeks had two names for the plant. They also called it “kynokephelon” which means “dog-headed.”