With more than 40 kinds of snapdragon plants all over the world, the snapdragon is a gorgeous flower that not only has a beautiful appearance and a fun-to-say name, but also a lot of hidden meaning. Named many centuries ago, this flower is often used as a gift between friends and loved ones. The common English name “snapdragon” is taken directly from the appearance of the flower. The simple leaves are usually lance-shaped. The flowers are tubular, bilaterally symmetrical and usually large with a closed liplike mouth that excludes most insects but can be forced open by strong bees, the main pollinators. The flowers can be white, yellow, orange, red, pink or lavender, or combinations of those colors. The snapdragon symbolizes grace and strength after its upright growing habit and harsh native habitat.