Dictamnus albus var. purpureus, Gas Plant, Zone 2-9
Not often seen in gardens, the Gas Plant is slow to establish, but very long lived. Plants form a bushy, upright clump of lemon-scented, glossy green leaves. Spikes of spidery-looking mauve-pink flowers appear in early summer, rather showy in effect, and worthwhile for cutting. On still days a match held below the spike will ignite a burst of methane gas. Attractive to butterflies. Clumps resent being disturbed, once established. CAUTION: Skin irritant with sunlight. Wear gloves when handling.
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: all
Soil PH: all
Care level: easy
Flower color: mauve/lilac
Bloom time: early summer to mid summer
Foliage Color: green
Uses and Characteristics: Specimen, foundation, border, massed, fragrant, cut flower, fragrant, attracts butterflies, deer resistant, poison/toxic
Flower head size: large
Height: 60-90 cm ( 23-35 inches) Width: 45-60 cm (18-23 inches)
Growth Rate: slow
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