Dictamnus albus
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Dictamnus albus

gasplant
fraxinella
white dittany

  family rutaceae 
  genus dictamnus 

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Identification
Genus  Dictamnus Species  albus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  gasplant   fraxinella   white dittany Family  RUTACEAE Specimen number  S11483 Data source  HtZn p107;MedPl p199;Xeri p288
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Slightly alkaline USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Dictamnus albus can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40 Fahrenheit. Gasplant (also known as fraxinella and white dittany) needs summer days with high heat. It prefers moist to wet soils.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest  star shaped seed capsules Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  It is toxic Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  oxytocic   abortifacient   antispasmodic Medicinal parts  Root   Flowers Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  It is toxic Medicinal notes  Dictamnus albus is considered by some to be an herbal remedy. It's used as an oxytocic, an abortifacient or an antispasmodic. Gasplant (sometimes called fraxinella and white dittany) requires professional guidance for safe usage. The root and the flowers are used in herbal preparations. It is toxic.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  lemon scented foliage. lemon scented foliage Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Dictamnus albus can be achieved by seed.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Dictamnus albus is a perennial. Leaves: Gasplant (locally known in some parts as fraxinella and white dittany) has glossy, leathery, oval shaped, compound leaves with fine toothed edges. Flowers: This plant has tall flower spikes with accented veins. Flowers occur in a range of colors including purple, white and red, with an accent in indigo.

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