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common name: Burning Bush, White Dittany, Gas Plant
synonyms: Dictamnus fraxinella
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
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.
Well drained, moist to dyish soil in a sunny position. Dislikes heavy wet soil conditions, drought tolerant once established.
Established plants dislike being moved.
From seed, by division or root cuttings.
Has a long history as a medicinal herb in eastern medicine.
Contact in bright sunlight may cause a phototoxic reaction, resulting in painful skin irritation.