Dictamnus – Gas Plant, Burning Bush, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Dictamnus – Gas Plant, Burning Bush,
Dittany

The Gas Plant is surely one
of our most interesting plants. The glossy, leathery
leaves are dark green and retain their deep color until
late in Fall. The white, pink and purplish-brown flowers
are borne on spikes 2 feet to 3 feet high. Both the
foliage and flowers are fragrant and when the parts
are crushed in the hand, they have the fragrance of
a lemon. The Gas Plant begins blooming shortly after
Memorial Day, and the seeds ripen about the middle of
August. The whole plant gives off a strong, volatile
oil which will give a flash of light if a lighted match
is held under the clusters of seed capsules on a sultry
Summer evening. This Gas Plant (Diclamnus albus or
Fraxinella) is a very strong grower and when
once established, many dozen stalks of bloom can be
had to a single plant.

UTILIZE. Because of its large
trusses of flowers and fascinating odor, the Gas Plant
always finds a place in the hardy border, or as a single
specimen. They make excellent cut flowers.

GENERAL. The Gas Plant dislikes
disturbance very much. When once planted it should be
left in the same position always, for as the plants
grow older they will then produce many more and taller
flower stems. They require hardly any care, but prefer
a rather heavy and moderately rich soil in an open,
sunny position. When once established drought does not
affect them.

PROPAGATION. They are more
easily raised from seeds than by root division. The
seeds should be sown as soon as they are ripe in the
Fall. If the seed is sown in the Spring, pour boiling
water over them first, or they will not germinate easily.
It takes from two to four years for the flower spikes
to appear on young plants. The roots, being very hard,
may be divided with difficulty

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