Dictamnus ( Gas Plant )
An interesting plant for backgrounds, cottage gardens and group plantings. Once a very common garden plant, it is not seen much any more, probably because it is slow to establish, but once established, it is a very long lived plant.
In hot weather, old flowers or seed pods emit a flammable oil which, on a windless summer evening, can be ignited with a match resulting in a brief vapor burn which is harmless to the plant, hence the common name.
Gas plant is an upright, clump-forming, perennial which features rigid, vertical stems typically growing 2-4' tall. Bears racemes of fragrant, 5-petaled, white or pink flowers about 1" long in late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to star-shaped seed heads which provide some ornamental interest if left on the plant.
Glossy light green leaves are attractive throughout the growing season and emit a pleasant lemony fragrance when rubbed or crushed. Foliage also contains an oil that causes allergic reactions (skin rash) in some individuals.
Useful gardening information
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers evenly moist, fertile, humusy soils that do not become soggy. Tolerates drought only when well-established. Tolerates light shade.
For zones 3-8.
Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing.
We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
TRM950 Gas Plant ( Dictamnus alba )
Sturdy, fragrant spikes are snow white, lemony foliage, long lived, mid summer bloom.
TRN152 Pink Gas Plant ( Dictamnus fraxinella )
An aromatic plant with glossy dark green leaves grown from flower seeds. Spider-like fragrant flowers of carmine-rose appear during the summer months. As noted above, this perennial plant is commonly called Burning Bush because, in arid weather, a flammable oil exudes from the leaves and seed pods. If a flame is placed near the plant, it will sometimes ignite without damaging the plant.
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