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Iberis amara

Common Name(s):
Candytuft
Categories:
Annuals, Groundcover
Comment:

Rocket candytuft is an ornamental, occasionally wild annual in the mustard (Brassicaceae) family. It is native to western and southern Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa. The species epithet amara (from the Latin word amarus) refers to its bitter flavour.

Seasons of Interest:

   Bloom: Summer, July-August

Wildlife Value:  Flowers are pollinated by bees.

This plant may be confused with: I. umbellataLobularia maritima

Season:
Late spring to early summer
Light:
Sun to partial shade
Color:
Lilac, pink, red, white
Height:
12-18 in.
Space:
6-8 in.
Hardiness:
Zones 6-9
Foliage:
Alternate, lowest soon withering, middle and upper leaves stalkless, narrowly obovate, sparse-toothed at tip (sometimes with short margins), margin sparsely hairy, 3-veined.
Flower:
Corolla is irregular, white to light violet. Petals 4, of which 2 outermost long (6 mm (0.24 in.), and 2 innermost short (3 mm (0.12 in.)). Sepals 4, stamens 6. Flowers fragrant, inflorescence initially dense, becoming more sparse in fruiting stage. Fruit has 2 compartments, two seeds and is winged. Seeds are flat, narrowly winged.
Site:
Moist, well drained soil in full sun. Can grow well in poor nutrient or alkaline soils. Produces less flowers in partial shade. Found in yards, roadsides, and disturbed sites.
Texture:
Fine
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Tags:
pink, alkaline, annual, summer, lilac, rabbit, white, poor soils, bees, sun, nectar, fragrant, deer, partial shade, spring, wildlife, red

NCCES plant id: 86

Iberis amara Iberis amara
Jevgenijs Silhto, CC BY - 2.0
Iberis amara Form
Xomenka, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Iberis amara Close up of flowers showing uneven petal size.
H. Zell, CC-BY-SA-3.0