Evergreen candytuft

Iberis sempervirens

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Evergreen candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
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Synonyms:  Iberis commutata
Genus:  Iberis
This evergreen subshrub slowly spreads to form a tidy cushion of shiny dark green leaves. In late spring and early summer, numerous flattened clusters of 4-petaled snow-white flowers nearly cover the foliage. Iberis sempervirens makes an effective edging for a sunny border.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This is a very floriferous, trouble-free groundcover for a sunny site.
Care:  Grow in average but well-drained soil in full sun. After flowering, lightly shear the plants to keep them neat and bushy.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn. Root softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Clubroot, damping off, gray mold, and a few fungal spots rarely affect plants. Also watch for snails, slugs, and caterpillars.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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