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botanical name:
Dictamnus albus
Dictamnus albus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Burning Bush, White Dittany, Gas Plant
synonyms:  Dictamnus fraxinella
family:  Rutaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 1.00m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
stem/bark: green
main season: June
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
description:
Intriguing perennial that gets its name form the fact that the plant exudes a volatile oil which on hot days can be ignited with a flame. It has white flowers in early summer that are held in loose spikes that rise to about 3ft. The pinnate foliage is strongly lemon-scented.

cultivation:
Well drained, moist to dyish soil in a sunny position. Dislikes heavy wet soil conditions, drought tolerant once established.
Established plants dislike being moved.

propagation:
From seed, by division or root cuttings.

usage:
Has a long history as a medicinal herb in eastern medicine.

other notes:
Contact in bright sunlight may cause a phototoxic reaction, resulting in painful skin irritation.

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