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Dictamnus albus var. purpureus
Dictamnus albus var. purpureus
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Dictamnus albus var. purpureus

Gas Plant

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 1.189.100

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.

Further details for
Dictamnus albus var. purpureus

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate