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  1. any plant of the annual or perennial Eurasian genus Iberis, 12 to 25 cm (6–12 in.) in height, with white or purple flowers. I. amara and I. umbellata are the garden candytuft Family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
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Word Origin

New Latin, from Iberia Spain, where many species are common
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Historical Examples

  • Free–growing spring–flowers like Aubrietia, Alyssum, and Iberis, may be multiplied to any extent by division or cuttings.

    The Wild Garden

    William Robinson

  • What is the meaning of the mucus so copiously emitted from the moistened seeds of Iberis, and of at least some species of Linum?

  • Another snowy white flower is the perennial candytuft, Iberis.