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Iberis amara - L.

Common Name Rocket Candytuft, Annual candytuft
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry calcareous soils on hillsides and in cornfields[17].
Range Western and southern Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa.
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Iberis amara Rocket Candytuft, Annual candytuft


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Iberis amara Rocket Candytuft, Annual candytuft
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Iberis amara is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment

The seeds are sometimes used as a source of mustard[61, 177, 183]. Pungency of mustard develops when cold water is added to the ground-up seed - an enzyme (myrosin) acts on a glycoside (sinigrin) to produce a sulphur compound. The reaction takes 10 - 15 minutes. Mixing with hot water or vinegar, or adding salt, inhibits the enzyme and produces a mild bitter mustard[238].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiarrhythmic  Antiasthmatic  Antirheumatic  Antiscorbutic  Homeopathy

Little used in modern herbalism, rocket candytuft is a bitter-tasting tonic, aiding digestion and relieving wind and bloating[254]. It is traditionally taken to treat gout, rheumatism and arthritis[254]. All parts of the plant are antirheumatic and antiscorbutic[61]. The seeds are considered very useful in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and dropsy[4, 240]. The plant is gathered in the summer and can be dried for later use[254]. The seeds are harvested when fully ripe[254]. A common homeopathic remedy is made from the seeds[4].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in a good, well-drained ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[1]. Prefers a calcareous soil but tolerates mildly acid soils[1]. Succeeds in poor soils[200] and on dry walls[1]. A very ornamental plant[1]. A fast growing plant[188], do not grow the plants too close together[1]. The flowers are sweetly scented[245].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ for summer flowering or late summer in situ for a spring flowering[200]. The seed germinates within 3 weeks.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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   Wed Feb 4 2009

what are common plants to this plant iberis

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