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Iberis sempervirens (Evergreen Candytuft)

Evergreen Candytuft, Perennial Candytuft, Edging Candytuft


A fabulous little plant that you should not be overlooked! Among the purest of garden whites with its abundant clusters of 4-petaled white flowers, enhanced by delicate yellow dots on each petal and standing out starkly against the dark green, leathery, evergreen foliage, Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is an enchanting low, sprawling, woody-based perennial that will charm your garden for weeks in spring and early summer.

  • Candytuft is a remarkable edging plant for borders, paths or walkways. It is also particularly attractive in rock gardens or cascading over the edge of raised beds and can be used as ground cover in small areas.

Aurinia Saxatilis, Basket-of-Gold, Alyssum Saxatilis, Golden Alyssum, Gold Dust, Yellow Alyssum, Madwort, Goldentuft

  • Grows in bushy mounds up to 6-12 inches tall (15-30 cm) and spreads 12-18 inches (30-45 cm). Evergreen in warm winter areas, its lovely foliage may defoliate in colder winter areas.
  • Prefers full sun locations and enjoys average, well-drained soils. Part shade is tolerated but will flower less. Good drainage is essential!
  • Drought, deer and rabbit tolerant!
  • Cut back by 1/3 after flowering to promote new growth and maintain a dense habit. Cover with evergreen boughs in cold winter areas (Hardiness zones 3 or 4) to minimize dessication over winter.
  • Main Iberis sempervirens cultivars include 'Alexander's White' or 'Purity', two varieties with sparkling, pure white flowers; 'Autumn Beauty' or 'October Glory' are two varieties which rebloom in fall; 'Snowflake' with small, snow-white flowers in late spring and early summer - Award of Garden Merit of RHS.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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