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Birds & Blooms - - Top 10 -

DICTAMNUS ALBUS,

ZONES 3 TO 8

This nov­elty plant is a stun­ner. From May to June, white, pink or lilac flow­ers top ver­ti­cal stems that reach 3 feet tall. The plant is low main­te­nance but needs full sun and well-drain­ing soil. Wear gloves when han­dling gas plants to avoid any ad­verse skin re­ac­tions.

Why we love it: On wind­less sum­mer nights, light the flammable oil from the gas plant’s old flow­ers or seed­pods to emit a brief va­por.

Host to: gi­ant swal­low­tail

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