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.
Approximately 20 seeds in 0.3g packet.
Genus - Dictamnus
Species - Fraxinella
Common name - Burning Bush, mix
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0,60 - 0,80 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full sun, partial shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline (pH 6.6 - 8,5)
Soil type - Medium rich, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Wild gardens
Bloom season - May - July
Leaf / Flower color - green / white, rose
Soak the seeds for a few hours in warm water and stratify for 4 weeks: mix with moist vermiculite, seal in ziplock bag and keep at +4C (fridge).
After stratification, sow on the surface of moist soil and cover lightly with a thin layer of soil or vermiculite. Keep moist until germination.
Best temperature for germination - +18-20C.
Germination time (after stratification) - 4-5 weeks.
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