Date: 22 June 2013
Source: Photo by Cynthia Gibling
Dictamnus albus var. purpureus
Not often seen in gardens. Dictamnus is slow to establish but very long lived. Plants form a bushy, upright clump of lemon-scented, glossy green leaves. Spikes of spidery-looking mauve-pink flowers appear in early summer, rather showy in effect, and worthwhile for cutting. On still days a match held below the spike will ignite a burst of methane gas. The flowers are attractive to butterflies.