How to grow Dictamnus albus and Is Dictamnus Albus toxic?

Dictamnus albus is most commonly named as a gas plant but people call it a burning bush, fraxinella, dittany, or Mooseksenpalavapensas. Dictamnus albus is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Europe and Asia. It is from the citrus family Rutaceae. You can get it from any local botanical garden, under its Latin name of Dictamnus albus.

Dictamnus albus emits a flammable oil substance that can be lit on fire. the burning bush from the bible is real. it has volatile oils that catch fire and a really hot weather plant named Dictamnus albus also known as the burning bush gas plant.

Common Namewell-drained soil or loam soil
Botanical NameDictamnus albus
Family Rutaceae
Plant TypeHerbaceous perennial
Mature Size2 to 3 feet in height and 2-3 feet in width
Sun ExposureFull sun
Soil Typedue to the presence of furanocoumarins in plant sap, which can cause skin irritation
Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
Bloom Timespring to early summer
Flower Colorwhite or pale pink
Native Areawell-drained soil or loam soil
Toxicitydue to the presence of furanocoumarins in plant sap,can cause skin irritation
Propagationseed, division, and root cutting

In the summer months, the whole plant is covered with a kind of flammable substance that is gluey to the touch and has a very fragrant lemony aroma but if it takes to fire it goes off with a flash all over the plant

The name burning bush is derived from the volatile oils produced by the plant which can catch fire readily in hot weather. Dictamnus albus is like well-drained soil, a warm and dry climate. Its flower color is pale pink to white

People like it to grow in their gardens for ornamental value and fragrance. However, it is very important to handle this plant with caution, its volatile oil can cause the reason for skin burn.

I have had this beauty for many years, but found out the hard way, this past summer that this plant contains a compound called furocoumarin, which when comes in contact with your skin, and is then exposed to sunlight, causes a type of burn called photophytodermatitis.

I still have nerve damage from it, and will have to be careful going in the sun, as it can linger for a long time! I have no intention of eliminating this plant, but now know I have to be very careful. You can use Gloves while handling this plant.

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Dictamnus albus

How to grow Dictamnus albus

The Dictamnus albus plant is also known as a gas plant or burning bush plant. This plant is known for its fragrant flower and aromatic foliage. Here is the following step to grow a Dictamnus albus

  • Dictamnus albus commonly likes a temperate climate, it prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Planting is to be done near the spring season. Select a location with good drainage along with full sun
  • It required a well-drained soil. It prefers Ph of the soil between 6 to 7
  • Water the plant till the establishment of new roots. One root established it does not require frequent water, It is like a draught tolerant plant.
  • You can provide organic mulch to maintain moisture. mulching helps to suppress the weeds. It also insulates the roots from extreme temperature
  • Prune the plant to remove the dead or damaged growth. You can also prune the plant to give a shape to it
  • You can grow Dictamnus albus through seeds and division. You can sow seed during early spring or fall. Division methods are more suitable for success. You can plant through division during spring or fall when the plant is not actively growing
  • Dictamnus Albus does not require much fertilizer but if your soil has poor nutrients you can use balanced fertilizer in the springtime.
  • Dictamnus albus has very strong resistance toward pests and diseases but it can be vulnerable to aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew
  • The Dictamnus albus plant is generally self-supportive but younger plants can be required support until they become strong. You can read about Self-pollination

What are the benefits of Dictamnus albus?

  • It’s an ornamental plant that doesn’t cover a large area. You can grow it in the pot as a home decor plant or in the home garden
  • It is a pest and disease-free plant which means it requires low maintenance.
  • The house feels very fresh due to its lemon aroma
  • Historically people have used it for conventional medicinal purposes like sedatives, for digestive issues, and for skin cure purposes. However, its medicinal benefit is not yet authenticated or documented.
  •  Dictamnus albus has light green leaves that are attractive throughout the growing season and produce a pleasant lemony fragrance when rubbed or crushed the leaves.

Is Dictamnus Albus toxic?

Dictamnus Albus is commonly known as a Gas plant or burning bush, The Sap of this plant contains a substance that can cause skin irritation. The sap in plants contains furanocoumarins that can cause phytophotodermatitis. It is a skin condition characterized by blistering, inflammation, and discoloration when exposed to sunlight.

However the plant does not fall under the lethal category but the intake of large quantities of plant can alter the digestion system, The plant should be handled by wearing gloves, and keep children and pets away from this plant.

Don’t touch these plants in sunny weather… you’ll get sunburns because the plant is phototoxic (talking from my own experience, unfortunately).

Why is Dictamnus albus called a gas plant?

Dictamnus albus is also called a gas plant due to its unique ability to produce volatile oil, that can catch fire when exposed to any flame or spark. this phenomenon of plants occurred during the summer and dry season

This happens when the air around the plant becomes warmer, the volatile oil evaporates and can catch fire spontaneously. This phenomenon of plants gives the impression that the plant emits gas or flammable vapors.

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