Burning Bush DICTAMNUS

The popular Burning Bush is Kochia, an annual grown for its foliage which turns red in the autumn. Dictamnus, however, is the true Burning Bush – strike a match close to the flower-heads once the blooms have faded and on a warm still day the volatile oils will ignite. A blue flame will surround the upper part of the bush but the plant will not be damaged. It is more than a novelty to amuse the children – Dictamnus produces fragrant spidery flowers above deeply-cut, lemon-scented leaves in midsummer. It will take a couple of years to become established but after that the plant is reliable and long-lived.

VARIETIES: The basic details of D. albus (D. fraxinella) are height 2 ft. Spacing 1V6 ft.

Flowering period: June-August. The tall spikes bear white or pale purple flowers which measure 1.5 in. in diameter. For even larger flowers grow the variety caucasicus and the brightest blooms are borne by ‘Purpureus’, a pink-flowered variety with red stripes.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil which is not acid will do – thrives in sun or light shade.

PROPAGATION: Do not divide the clumps. Buy a container-grown plant or sow seeds under glass in spring if you are willing to wait 3 years for the plants to reach flowering size.

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