When you use the common name “Burning Bush” most people assume you are talking about Kochia, a popular annual that is grown for its foliage which turns red in Autumn. But they’d be wrong!
The true Burning Bush is actually Dictamnus, (also known as the Gas Plant) a plant with a magical quality that will amaze you! You see, if you light a match near the flower heads once the blooms have faded and on a warm still day the volatile oils will actually ignite! A blue flame will surround the upper part of the bush but the plant will not be damaged. Cool huh!
This plant, besides it’s entertaining properties, is a beauty to have in your garden. It’s lemon scented leaves help control mosquitos and the tall spidery flowers are simply beautiful. It does take a couple of years to get settled but once it does it flowers reliably and is long lived. The tall spikey blooms on Dictamnus Albus are white or pale purple and are about 1.5″ in diameter. If you want larger, more showy & brighter blooms then go for Dictamnus Purpureus, these blooms are pink with red stripes, just stunning!