Iberis amara L.
Iberis amara, commonly known as Wild Candytuft, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.
Iberis amara was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Iberis amara is a species in the genus Iberis which contains approximately 35 to 62 species and belongs to the family of the Brassicaceae (Mustard Family). The type species of the genus is Iberis semperflorens.
The plants reach heights of 10 to 40 centimetres.
Iberis amara has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are spatulate, dentate and sessile.
Flowers and Fruits
Iberis amara produces racemes of pink cruciform flowers from May to August.
The plants produce silicles.
Iberis amara is native to the British Isles, France, Italy, Central Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus and Algeria and is naturalized in eastern Central Europe, Eastern Europe and New Zealand.
The plants prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Suited as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
Iberis amara is toxic.
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Pests and Diseases
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