Habitat: Woodland margins and rocky scree, mainly on calcareous soils
Description: A curious plant that can produce highly flammable isoprene on its foliage which, in still conditions, can actually ignite into flame. These flames are very quick burning and cause no damage to the plant. Their ecological role is unclear, some have suggested that this ignition could trigger brush fires that may serve to reduce competition, but this has apparently not been investigated. Regardless, its a pretty unique plant. Take a look:
Culture: 90 days cool moist, then warm for germination. Step up in pots gradually for 1 year before planting out.
Found on calcareous soils, may benefit from periodic lime application.
Accession # 201900260
Source: Strictly Medicinal Seeds, LLC - 2019
Rcvd as Dictamnus purpureus (seed)
Accession Date: 06-28-2019
Bench: 6001 - BPB:6000:Bench1
Currently: active - healthy
Qty: 5 confirmed on 10-25-2023
Poisonous Plant Parts - Not for Human Consumption May cause contact or phytophotodermatitis. Handle with caution.