Some common names for this perennial include gas plant, burning bush, dittany, and fraxinella. They make an excellent choice for low-maintenance gardens because they are extremely long-lived perennials, that prefer to be left alone and undisturbed.
Blooming in late-spring and summer, their showy white, rose or mauve flowers are usually veined with purple. The flowers are borne on erect spikes and each one has 5 petals with the lowermost one drooping, and conspicuous upward curving stamens.
Dictamnus spreads gradually over the years to form a handsome specimen. They prefer sun or light shade and can be used in your perennial beds, borders or as accent plants. For a great colorful display, try mixing them with bearded iris and campanulas.
Leaves are light to dark green, semi-glossy, alternate and are odd-pinnnate. Each leaf may have up to eleven 2-3 inch leaflets. Both the foliage and attractive star-shaped seedpods are aromatic, with a strong fragrance of citrus. Although the bloooms only last for several weeks, the foliage remains attractive throughout the season.
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