Common Name: Gas Plant, Burning Bush, Dittany Dictamnus Alba. Var. Albiflora

Height:28.0-32.0 Inches

Spread:18.0-24.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones:3,4,5,6,7


Flower Color:White Shades

Foliage Color:Green shades

Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)


Water Requirements:Average Water Needs

Soil Quality:Average Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)


Bloomtime:Late SpringEarly SummerMidsummer

Attracts Wings:Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistant:Deer Resistant

Seasonal Interest:Dried Seed Heads


Growth Rate:Slow

Garden Style:Eclectic

Other Features:Border PlantCut FlowerCut FoliageDried FlowerFragrant FlowersFragrant Foliage

Origin:Not Native to North America


A classic perennial that has received renewed attention as of late. 

Very strong, tall stems carrying white, open flaring, 6-petaled flowers with long, eyelash-like stamens appear from late spring into midsummer (earlier in warmer zones).  Interesting star-shaped, brown seed pods develop in fall and are pretty in dried flower arrangements. 

This perennial forms a bushy clump of dark green, leathery, pinnate leaves that smell of lemons when crushed.  Deer typically leave this plant alone due to its aromatic foliage, but butterflies enjoy its blossoms. 

Dictamnus is rumored to get its common name from a light volatile gas that is emitted from the plant, though we haven’t tested this theory ourselves.