|Dictamnus albus var. purpureus blooming now in my front border with alliums|
|Wider view of Dictamnus in front border|
So when I found some well grown plants of this in a local nursery I snapped them up and planted them in my front border. They have done well there, without any supplemental summer water and in an area frequented by deer. They just keep getting better from year to year.
As you can see from the pictures, the plants have handsome foliage which stays nice looking all year long until they die down for the winter. As I was working around them recently, I noticed that they had a wonderful citrus like odor.
They are commonly called burning bush because they give off essential oils which, it is said, will ignite if you hold a match to the base of the inflorescence, making a gassy noise and emitting a delicious aroma (or so says Christopher Lloyd in his book Garden Flowers). I have never tried this.
By the way, Christopher Lloyd describes this plant as "one of the most handsome and distinctive hardy perennials in the repertory". I would have to agree.