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Evergreen candytuft

Iberis sempervirens

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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 CharacteristicsThis is a very floriferous, trouble-free groundcover for a sunny site.

CareGrow in average but well-drained soil in full sun. After flowering, lightly shear the plants to keep them neat and bushy.

PropagationSow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn. Root softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsClubroot, damping off, gray mold, and a few fungal spots rarely affect plants. Also watch for snails, slugs, and caterpillars.

  • Genus : Iberis
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. christiestacker 04/18/2015

    Now I know why my iberis plants are missing a lot of their leaves. Snails!!!

  2. kathrynburford 06/03/2016

    Because our Iberis flowered early(December) can I trim them back now & will they flower again?

  3. leemd46 03/11/2017

    looking to use the lberis as replacement for grass in my east facing mid-florida yard. Is this a good choice?

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