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Dog Flower

Torenia indica


It's a new born dog flower.... I've planted many and they're about to burst and bloom to their fullest when the spring completely takes over. But I do not understand why they're named as "Dog flower"... they do have a very soft and sweet smell, which indeed is very very light, but they show no resemblance to a dog.

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ArushiMisra 11 years ago

@shebeb- wow... thats amazing. never tried this on them... "touch me not" was a source of fun though, but I was completely unaware of the snapping attitude of snap dragon. And if it goes this way, then I hope its snap dragon only. :D lol...

ArushiMisra 11 years ago

Thanks for the knowledge Leuba, its the same thing I wondered with I googled "Dog flower"... I only saw them in shades of white purple or pink.
Hmm.. maybe they are related, ... this Snap Dragon might have been mutated from the actual dog flower? M just a dabbler round here, so my knowledge is little ... or say.. exceptionlly low then u all.
:) thanks for the suggestion

shebebusynow 11 years ago

the ultimate test for snapdragon (haha): does it open and close its two parts when you press on either side of the split? (the snapping dragon) They provided me hours of fun as a kid.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Hi Arushi, your flower/plant might actually be a "snap dragon" or Antirrhinum. The leaves are slightly long and entire (no serrations).
Torenia indica ( dog flower) has softer ovate and serrated leaves. Flowers are also more delicate - I've only ever seen purple or white flowers. They use them in garlands in India.

I think they are related ...we had both growing in our garden in India.

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Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Spotted on Feb 2, 2012
Submitted on Feb 2, 2012

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