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 Spring, Early Summer, Midsummer
Attracts Wings:Attracts Butterflies
Critter Resistant:Deer Resistant
Seasonal Interest:Dried Seed Heads
Other Features:Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant 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.