Dictamnus planting guide: tips for gas plant garden care

Dictamnus gas plant is also known by the common name “Burning Bush” (not to be confused with the Euonymus burning bush) and is native to many areas of Europe and throughout Asia. Ancient lore suggests that Dictamnus gas plant is thus named due to its purported ability to serve as a light source, owing to the lemony scented oils it exudes. While doubtful this oily extract will replace tallow, butane, or other energy sources for light, it remains a wonderful perennial plant.

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Pflanzen als Wetterpropheten
Heutzutage genügt ein kurzer Blick in den Wetterbericht, um zu wissen, wie das Wetter wird. Ganz anders sah dies in früheren Zeiten aus. Dort galten Pflanzen wie Silberdistel, Ringelblume und Königskerze als bewährte Wet­ter­boten.

What is a Gas Plant?

So, what is gas plant beyond a bit of an old wives tale? Growing gas plants (Dictamnus albus) reach a height of about 4 feet tall with quite woody stems at the base. In the early summer, June and July, Dictamnus gas plant blooms with long, spikes of white flowers set off by glossy green leaves. Once the flowers have faded, spectacular seedpods remain that are commonly used in dried floral arrangements.

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Naturnahes Gärtnern – Ein Staudenbeet anlegen
Stauden erfreuen nicht nur uns Menschen mit ihrem Blütenreichtum, sondern bieten Insekten wie Schmet­ter­lingen oder Bienen einen reich gedeckten Tisch. Entscheidend dafür sind der Standort und die Auswahl geeigneter Pflanzen.

Dictamnus Planting Guide Information

The Dictamnus planting guide advises us that gas plant is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 3-8. Growing gas plants thrive in full sun in well drained soil with a high organic matter. That said, gas plant is fairly tolerant of poor soils and even partial sun.

Start gas plants from seeds sown outdoors in the fall and allowed to stratify through the winter months.

Once gas plant has been established, it should not be moved or any attempt made to divide it. At maturation after several years, the growing gas plant will appear as a clump with stunning stands of flowers poking from amongst its foliage.

When it comes to gas plant garden care, the growing gas plants prefer consistent irrigation, but can withstand periods of drought once they are established. Slightly alkaline soil is preferable for more vibrant and vigorous plants as well as areas of cool evening temperatures.

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Auf "Waldwegen" durch den Garten
Kaum ein Gartenbesitzer kennt ihn nicht, den Ärger mit Unkraut, das durch Pflas­ter­fu­gen in Wegen wächst. Wer gar Kies oder Mulch wählt als Wegebelag, der kommt aus dem Jäten kaum raus. Es geht aber auch anders – mit Hilfsmitteln, die auch der Erwerbsgartenbau nutzt. Bändchengewebe ist praktisch, günstig und hält lange, auch unkrautfrei.

Additional Information on Dictamnus Gas Plant

This herbaceous perennial may also be listed as dittany or fraxinella, members of the Rutaceae family. Some patience is necessary when growing gas plants as they take several years to mature.

The strongly citrus-scented flowers and foliage may cause an allergic skin reaction in some people and seems to be repellent to deer. Gas plant is a non-aggressive and non-invasive specimen.

Gas plants can be found in several different varieties such as:

  • ‘Purpureus’ with its mauve-purple blooms and deep purple veins
  • ‘Caucasicus,’ which is a taller varietal at up to 4 feet tall
  • ‘Rubra,’ which blooms with lovely rose pink flowers
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