This Fire plant is also known as the Burning Bush, because the flowers produce a gas that when lit on still summer evenings makes blue flames that don't damage the plant. This is one of the many herbs in absinthe. It is also incorporated into celebrations of Samhain and logically enough is associated with Persphone (Elemental Earth). Because this magick herb is also sacred to Diana (Moon), it is said that deer who eat this plant become safe from the arrow. This is not the same thing as dittany of Crete, which is a member of the oregano family.
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Dittany root bark