Burning bush

Dictamnus albus

Burning bush - Dictamnus albus

Common Name: Burning bush
Genus: Dictamnus
Species: albus

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Handsome spires of white or pinkish-white flowers appear from early summer above leathery leaves that smell of lemons especially when crushed. The flowers are followed by winged seed-pods. This lovely clump forming perennial gets its common name burning bush from the fact that the unripened fruit and the flowers contain an aromatic volatile oil which may be ignited in hot weather emitting a delicious aroma. A great plant for the middle of a mixed or herbaceous border.

  • Garden care: Water freely during the growing season. Divide congested clumps in autumn or spring.