Friday, June 19, 2009

Gas Plant

Here is kind of an unusual plant that I grow in my garden. Dictamnus or the more common name for it is Gas Plant. It's not a plant you normally see at a nursery (at least here in Wisconsin). I received mine from a lady who grew them from seed. Once they are established, the do not like to be moved at all. The flowers on mine are pinkish white, but I have also seen a variety that is all white (Dictamnus album). I have heard rumor that the flowers give off a small amount of gas, which when light with a flame will cause a tiny explosion. I have not tried it myself. I haven't told my husband about it, since he would probably burn my plant down trying. It blooms in late spring to early summer and then develops seed pods. It does give off an odor, and some people choose to use it in the border in hopes of keeping rodents away. I think it's flowers are very similar to Gaura, which is not a hardy perennial here in Wisconsin.


kate smudges said...

I love gas plants. They are so easy to grow here. I've got four in the garden. Three are pink and one is white. Every year, I try lighting them. So far, I've had no luck.

Hope your finger is getting better!

Hosta Nerd said...

I found a different pink one the other day when I stopped at Jung's. Can't wait to see it bloom next year, as it's a darker pink then the one I have. Finger is feeling better today.

Lisa Small said...

It looks a lot better than the Guara I struggled to grow here in VA - larger blossoms, for one thing.

And you're right about husbands! I dare not tell mine such a thing exists. He would not be able to resist.