Fun Fact Friday, Wk 35

Good Morning All

Happy Friday – here’s your fun fact ….

Gas Plant or the Burning Bush, as it is sometimes called, earned it’s name because it’s leathery green leaves, flowers and seed pods give off a strong lemon scented vapor which, on a calm summer night can be ignited with a match. So, how does this happen ?

Well, the heat of the summer causes the gas plant to exude an oily substance that’s extremely volatile and if air temperatures get high enough or if someone take a match to this plant on a hot day, these oils will ignite in a flash. The oils  burn off so quickly that it is of no consequence to the plant and it goes on growing like nothing ever happened. ! 

This lovely herbaceous species is native to southern Europe, north Africa and Asia. It is a member of the citrus family ( hence the lemon smell ), Rutaceae, and has very showy blossoms like many members of this group.

 

So if you have some time to spend in your garden over the next few weeks, here’s one way to make your garden more interesting – install a gas plant !!

 

Have lovely weekends !!