The Gas Plant

Hello All!

Today I will be tell you about The Gas Plant! I just recently learned about the Gas plant, Dictamus albus, otherwise as burning bush or fraxinella, at the Longfellow House/ Washington Headquarters National Historical Cite’s formal garden. It originated from  Europe and Asia. It was brought over to America throughout much of America’s early history, and is now cultivated in Vermont. The easy to care for plant gives off a lemony spiced from its flowers, seed-heads, and leaves, and is said, on a windless warm dry night can be lit on fire. Here is  a video I found of the ignition: I personally have never seen It or tried it; but supposedly when Mr. Longfellow had parties and the like, the older gentlemen would  go out side and put their lit cigars near the plant and little shots of flame would billow up for a brief moment. Other than its combustible personality the gas plant has a beautiful pink to white flower unlike any Iv’e ever seen. But choose warily where you put it, the plant can endure for a dozen years or more. And other than its unusual flower, the seed-head has it’s own fierce, rugged personality, somewhat similar to the witch hazel seed head, that is quite a nice visual interest for any passerby.

3 responses to “The Gas Plant

  1. Very interesting blog and video clip!

    The large flowers of the gas plant would have been popular in bouquets that would be used in arrangements at the dining table or in the study when the family was entertaining.

    I would not recommend trying to ignite our flowers because smoking and lighters are not allowed withing 100 feet of wooden structures at a National Historic Site.


  2. What a crazy plant – I had no idea anything like that was possible! Thanks for sharing. Can you post a photo of what it looks like in the garden? I don’t know what it looks like!


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