CANDYTUFT

FAMILY: Brassicaceae | GENUS: IBERIS

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Free-blooming plants from southern and western Europe with clusters of white, lavender, lilac, pink, rose, purple, carmine, or crimson flowers. Perennial candytufts bloom in spring; can be used as winter annuals in Coastal and Tropical South. Annual species bloom in spring and summer; they are most floriferous when nights are cool. Use all types for borders, cutting; use perennials for edging, rock gardens, small-scale ground covers, containers. Deer resistant.

hyacinth- flowered candytuft, rocket candytuft

iberis 'Absolutely Amethyst

  • Perennial.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • This foot-high, spreading plant grows like evergreen candytuft but is pinkish purple.

iberis amara

  • Annual.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • To 1215 inches high and 6 inches wide.
  • Fragrant white flowers in tight, round clusters that elongate into hyacinthlike spikes.
  • Narrow, slightly fuzzy leaves.

evergreen candytuft

iberis gibraltarica

  • Perennial.
  • Zones MS, LS, CS; USDA 7-9.
  • Like Iberis sempervirens but is less hardy to cold and bears flatter clusters of light pinkish or purplish flowers, sometimes white near center.

iberis 'Masterpiece

  • Perennial.
  • Zones LS, CS; USDA 8-9.
  • Upright and spreading, to 1012 inches high and 24 inches wide.
  • Produces 3 inches., white flower clusters; light pink buds give a subtle bicolor effect.

iberis sempervirens

  • Perennial.
  • Zones US, MS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • Grows 8 inches to 1 feet or even 112 feet high, spreading about as wide.
  • Narrow, shiny, dark green leaves look good all year.
  • Pure white flower clusters carried on stems long enough to cut for bouquets.

Several lower-growing, more compact types are available. Look for 'Alexander's White', 6 inches tall, with fine-textured foliage; 'Little Gem', 46 inches tall; and 'Purity', a wide-spreading selection 612 inches high. 'Snowflake', 610 inches tall, spreading to 1123 feet., has broader, more leathery leaves than the species; it also has larger flowers in larger clusters on shorter stems. It is extremely showy in spring and continues sporadic bloom through summer and fall. 'Snowmantle' is similarly vigorous but slightly more compact. 'Snow White' grows into a 12- by 24 inches mound. Early-flowering 'Tahoe' is an upright grower to 1012 inches high and wide.

globe candytuft

iberis umbellata

  • Annual.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • Bushy plant to 1215 inches high, 9 inches wide.
  • Lance-shaped leaves to 312 inches long; flowers in pink, rose, carmine, crimson, salmon, lilac, and white.
  • The Candy Cane series is vigorous and uniform.
  • Dwarf strains Dwarf Fairy and Magic Carpet grow 6 inches tall.

All types need well-drained soil. In early spring (or in fall in mild climates), sow seed of annuals in place or in flats; set transplants 69 inches apart. Plant perennials in spring or fall. After they bloom, shear lightly to stimulate new growth.

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