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Dictamnus albus var. purpureus (Purple-flowered dittany)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Dictamnus albus var. purpureus

Other names

Purple-flowered dittany

Genus

Dictamnus Dictamnus

Species

D. albus var. purpureus - D. albus var. purpureus has aromatic, pinnate foliage and spikes of rosy-purple flowers with prominent stamens.


Dictamnus albus var. purpureus is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is lemon-scented, although contact with skin may cause irritation.

Habit

Erect

Toxicity

Skin contact may cause photodermatitis.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pale-purple, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut to the base in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Dictamnus albus var. purpureus (Purple-flowered dittany) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Dictamnus albus var. purpureus

Other names

Purple-flowered dittany

Genus

Dictamnus Dictamnus

Species

D. albus var. purpureus - D. albus var. purpureus has aromatic, pinnate foliage and spikes of rosy-purple flowers with prominent stamens.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is lemon-scented, although contact with skin may cause irritation.

Habit

Erect

Toxicity

Skin contact may cause photodermatitis.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pale-purple, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut to the base in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Dictamnus albus var. purpureus (Purple-flowered dittany) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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I have put in some dictamnus purpurea and one plant has died and the others are all looking sick. They go brown and crispy, sometimes one stem at a time sometimes the whole plant at once. My soil is… read more

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