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Iberis (Candytuft) sempervirens

Iberis (Candytuft) sempervirens are just covered with masses of small fragrant white flowers in spring. It forms a stunning blanket of pure white blooms that cover the bed from spring to early summer. This evergreen ground cover is excellent for edging, rock gardens and containers, especially in combination with spring flowering bulbs. They make an excellent filler for crevices in walls or between the stones of walkways. The deep green leaves have a neat, clean look. This plant is attractive to butterflies, birds and bees. It blooms sporadically throughout summer, especially if pruned or mowed after the first flush of blooms fade. It is ideal for neglected spots because it thrives in poor soil and prefers to be rarely watered. About the only thing that will kill it is too much dampness. Self-sows freely, so deadhead if you don’t want new seedlings next season. 

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 9-12"
Spacing 12-15"
Hardiness Zones 3-10
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Dark Green
Flower White
Bloomtime May-June

General Information +

Botanical: Iberis sempervirens

Common: Candytuft

Family: Brassicaceae

General Characteristics: Evergreen candytuft (sempervirens in Latin meaning always green) is a low-growing, spreading, woody-based, herbaceous perennial (sometimes called a subshrub) which typically forms a foliage mound 6-12" tall and spreading to 18" wide. It is evergreen in warm winter climates, but semi-evergreen in cold winter climates where the foliage may suffer significant decline in harsh winters. Small, pure white, 4-petaled flowers in dense, flattened clusters (corymbs) appear in a profuse, early-to-late-spring bloom which often totally obscures the foliage. Flowers sometimes gradually age to light pink. Numerous, oblong, entire, dark green, leathery leaves (1-1.5" long).

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Wet, poorly-drained soils inevitably lead to crown rot which can devastate plantings. Dryness and sun scorch may damage the evergreen foliage in cold winter climates.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Best grown in average, well-drained soils in full sun. Less floriferous if grown in part shade. Well-drained soil is the key to growing this plant well. Cut or sheer plants stems back by 1/3 after flowering to encourage new growth and to maintain compact habit. In cold winter climates, mulch plants with evergreen boughs in winter to help minimize potential damage from sun scorch and desiccation. Stems may root where they touch the ground creating new plants which can be left as is or transplanted to other areas.