1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume III

Iberis Umbellata

Purple Candy-Tuft
Class and Order
Tetradynamia Siliculosa
Generic Character
Corolla irregularis: Petalis 2 exterioribus majoribus: Silicula polysperma, emarginata.
Specific Character and Synonyms
IBERIS umbellata herbacea, foliis lanceolatis, acuminatis, inferioribus serratis; superioribus integerrimis. Linn. Syst. Veg. ed. 14. Murr. p. 589. Sp. Pl. p. 906
THLASPI umbellatum creticum, iberidis folio. Bauh. Pin. 106
DRABA S. Arabis S. Thlaspi Candiæ. Dod. pempt. 713
THLASPI creticum umbellatum flore albo et purpureo. Candy-Tufts, white and purple. Park. Parad. p. 390.

The Candy-Tuft is one of those annuals which contribute generally to enliven the borders of the flower-garden: its usual colour is a pale purple, there is also a white variety of it, and another with deep but very bright purple flowers, the most desirable of the three, but where a garden is large enough to admit of it, all the varieties may be sown.

For want of due discrimination, as Miller has before observed, Nurserymen are apt to collect and mix with this species the seeds of another, viz. the amara, and which persons not much skilled in plants consider as the white variety; but a slight attention will discover it to be a very different plant, having smaller and longer heads, differing also in the shape of its leaves and seed vessels, too trifling a plant indeed to appear in the flower-garden.

106Iberis Umbellata
Iberis Umbellata
Purple Candy-Tuft

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