Dictamnus albus var purpureus

Also known as:

  • Dictamnus albus purpureus
  • Purple-flowered Dittany
  • Gas Plant
  • Fraxinella
  • Burning Bush
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Plant Type

perennial

Zones

3a-10b

Size

H:16"-36"
W:20"-24"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

alkaline, well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, drought tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

pink

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

butterflies, hummingbirds, deer resistant

Flower Season:

spring, summer

Foliage Season:

deciduous

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29800 S Barlow Rd Canby, Oregon

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180 Stickney Hill Rd Union, Connecticut

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Once called Fraxinella or Burning Bush, gas plant was commonly grown in England in the late 16th century. I adore these plants for the glossy, green, impeccable foliage and the tall wands of mauve-pink flowers accented with violet veining and long upwardly curving stamens. As the old names suggest, the volatile oils released by the ripening star-shaped seedpods can be ignited, if all atmospheric conditions are right. An extremely long lived, gorgeous shrub. Grow in sweet, well-drained, rich soil and do not disturb the roots.

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Gas plant, glandular hairs emit an aromatic gas that can be set ablaze on still muggy summer nights, please check for Giant Swallowtail larva first or you may barbeque your bird droppings (Dictamnus is a first choice munchie here). Racemes of showy flowers in spring followed by attractive explosively dehiscent seed heads, Dictamnus can shoot shiny black missiles across a room. Very long lived in the garden they resent disturbance, do not move large plants; germination of dry stored seed is complicated by hard seed coats and secondary dormancies, limiting most commercial production. This is the first large crop we have had in years the result in part of introducing new genetic material from the Caucasus. Germination improved greatly, colors could be anything from purple to white. Like many rutaceous plants they may cause photodermatitus in sensitive people. Rue does this to me but Dictamnus has never given me trouble and I am always looking for caterpillars on it. ZONE 4

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Grows into sizable clumps with ash-like, lemon-scented foliage. The 5-petalled, asymmetrical star-shaped flowers are white and dark veined, lending them a pink appearance. They are about 1" wide and born on purple tinted spikes above the foliage.

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Dark veined pink flowers on 3' stems. The plant emits refreshing citrus-like odor. Plants resent root disturbance. May cause skin irritation, especially in hot weather.

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