Dictamnus- Burning Bush

The seed-buds of this perennial develop little bladders containing an oil which, ignited on a warm day, will burn like fireworks.


A very fine border plant, requiring some time to establish itself. It needs a sunny and fairly dry position.


Porous, chalky soil is essential; in acid soil the results will be disappointing.


From seed and by division.

Dictamnus albus: Height 60-100 cm; flowering season early to mid summer; the normal colour is purple pink with red veining. The flowers grow in terminal clusters on tall stems, extending well above the feathery foliage; the leaflets are large, oval, finely incised along the margin. The cultivar ‘Albiflorus’ has pure white flowers and is a little more vigorous in growth.

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