Friday, June 19, 2009
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.