Evergreen Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 8-10 inches
Plant Spread: 1-3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 60F
Days to germinate: 15-25 days
Depth to plant seed: press into soil, do not cover
Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Garden Tours:  Valleylynn, Lynn SmithGarden Tours: Valleylynn, Lynn Smith
November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 10, 2011 8:24 PM

Will cascade over rocks and walls.
The glossy, evergreen foliage forms a mound covered in white flowers for several weeks.
Prune lightly right after blooming, but otherwise leave plants alone in fall and early spring.

Used as a ground cover.
Rockery or alpine beds

Drought tolerant once established.
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 4:37 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 7:51 PM

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) is a prolific bloomer, typically draped in clusters of delicate white blossoms from mid to late spring. A good 12" or more in height, it spreads slowly in the garden, forming an attractive undergrowth to taller shrubs and perennials. Iberis sempervirens also reportedly attracts hoverflies, a beneficial insect that feeds on aphids.

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