Rocket candytuft, Bitter Candy Tuft, Candytuft, Iberide, Iberis amara, Ibéris Amer, Iberis coronaria, Schleifenblumen, Schleifenblume, Bittere Schleifenblume, Иберис, Иберийка, Ubiorek
Candytuft is an erect plant, it is a bitter and blooms annually. It grows up to 12 inches and the flowers are a milky white. The flower clusters form a flat corymb. Its leaves are oblong and slightly toothed.
Glycosides, Vitamin C, Cucurbitacine, Amine
July – August (flowering period)
Leaves, stem, seeds and roots
Boil leaves into a concoction. Candytuft is sometimes used as a tonic with bitter taste.
Candytuft is a tonic that is bitter in taste. It aids digestive problems and can relieve bloating. Its seeds are useful in asthma and bronchitis treatment. The seeds have to be harvested when they are fully ripe.
In overdoses or too largeit is said to produce giddiness, nausea and diarrhoea.
Thomas Jefferson, proposalVirginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334,[C.J. Boyd, Ed., 1950]. http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/c/canbit17.html
Kasviatlas, University of Helsinki http://www.luontoportti.com/suomi/en/kukkakasvit/wild-candytuft
Medicinal Herbs: plant for the future. http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/i/iberis-amara=rocket-candytuft.php