This plant has several common names, including Dittany, Burning Bush and Gas Plant. The latter two refer to the theory that the oil given off by the flowers can ignite under still conditions and burn off, with no adverse effect to the plant. In reality, this phenomenon is rarely seen.
There is only one species, but it is found across a wide area from southern Europe across to China and Korea.
A fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny position is ideal. Plants can be slow to establish.