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(Iberis amara)

A small, erect annual (6 inches to 1 foot), native to the British Isles which is found mainly on upland chalky soils. Leaves are tiny, pale green, and oblanceolate to spatulate; flowers are chalk-white; fruit is a rounded pod.

PROPAGATION: By SEED sown in situ in spring. Thin to 2 inches apart.
NEEDS: Makes a good edging or ground pattern plant. Requires sun and well-draining light chalk soil. Can be pot grown.
I. a. 'Hyacinthiflora'
I. a. 'Giant Empress'
I. a. 'Miniature Gem'


The seeds have been used to treat rheumatism and dropsy.

The seeds are used to make the homeopathic tincture.

©2005 by Ernestina Parziale, CH