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Burning Bush / Dittany / Gas Plant (Dictamnus albus)

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Dittany is a rare perennial from the rue family (related to citrus plants). The very decorative and fragrant bush grows wild on stony slopes and was particularly popular in ornamental gardens in the 18th and 19th century.


The stem of the plant is covered in glands that release a volatile, inflammable, lemon-scented essential oil, which can be lit without harming the gas plant. This feature has also garnered the plant the name "burning bush", even though it is not an indigenous species in the biblical territories.

It was once used as a popular remedy, for example with Hildegard von Bingen, but because of its toxic ingredients, none of the plant parts should be ingested. Also, the above-ground parts of the perennial are phototoxic.

Seeds, content: Approx. 20 Dittany seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
rutaceae
Plant height approx.:
70 – 100 cm
Flowering time:
MayJuneJuly
Flower colour:
PinkWhite
Root system :
Taproot
Lifecycle :
Perennial
sunlight:
full sun
Soil type:
Calcareousnährstoffarm
Sowing & cultivation
Sowing time outdoors:
FebruaryMarchSeptemberOctober
Sowing depth:
1 cm
Best germination temperature :
8 – 12 °C
Planting distance:
40 x 40 cm
The seeds need frost and light. Therefore, it's best to sow them in autumn or in early spring and to sieve only a little bit of earth over it. Outdoor sowing is preferred as the dittany doesn't tolerate replanting as it damages the taproot. It may take several months until the plant germinates. Loves permeable, chalky soils and sunny locations.
Pruning back in autumn is recommended.
Other names
Botanical name:
dictamnus albusfraxinella dictamnus
German names:
aschwurzbrennender buscheschenwurzfeuerpflanzespechtwurz
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Item number
DIC01
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Seeds
Seed quantity:
20 Pcs.

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