HARDY PERENNIALS: DICTAMNUS

D. fraxinella. Another sun loving plant, with a deeply penetrating root which can withstand drought, and in any case needs well drained soil. Shoots emerge in spring, resembling Asparagus at first, but then develops into strong 2 ½ -3 feet stems, with leaves resembling those of the Ash tree, from which the name fraxinella is derived. The flowers have prominent stamens and in hot weather a volatile oil is given off so that occasionally one can ignite it. This then, is the true ‘Burning Bush’, but the puff of flame is only momentary, and does not harm the spike. Flowering from June to August, Dictamnus will set seed and this is the only reliable means of increase, though resultant plants are slow to reach flowering size. Once established, plants resent being moved and division is therefore not to be recommended, for the roots are tough and the crowns tightly congested.

DICTAMNUS fraxinella

DICTAMNUS fraxinella

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