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Wild Candytuft

Iberis amara

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Also in this family:
Alpine Pennycress, Alpine Rock-cress, American Wintercress, Annual Wall Rocket, Austrian Yellowcress, Awlwort, Bastard Cabbage, Black Mustard, Bristol Rock-cress, Charlock, Common Scurvygrass, Common Whitlowgrass, Coralroot, Creeping Yellowcress, Cuckooflower, Dame's-violet, Danish Scurvygrass, Dittander, Early Wintercress, Eastern Rocket, English Scurvygrass, Evergreen Candytuft, False London Rocket, Field Pennycress, Field Pepperwort, Flixweed, Garden Arabis, Garden Candytuft, Garden Cress, Garden Radish, Garden Rocket, Garlic Mustard, Glabrous Whitlowgrass, Gold of Pleasure, Great Yellowcress, Greater Cuckooflower, Greater Periwinkle, Greater Swinecress, Hairy Bittercress, Hairy Rock-cress, Hairy Rocket, Hairy Whitlowgrass, Hedge Mustard, Hoary Cress, Hoary Mustard, Hoary Stock, Hoary Whitlowgrass, Honesty, Horseradish, Hutchinsia, Hybrid Watercress, Intermediate Periwinkle, Isle of Man Cabbage, Large Bittercress, Lesser Swinecress, London Rocket, Lundy Cabbage, Marsh Yellowcress, Mountain Scurvygrass, Narrow-fruited Watercress, Narrow-leaved Bittercress, Narrow-leaved Pepperwort, Northern Rock-cress, Northern Yellowcress, Oilseed Rape, Perennial Rocket, Perennial Wall Rocket, Perfoliate Pennycress, Pinnate Coralroot, Purple Rock-cress, Pyrenean Scurvygrass, Rock Whitlowgrass, Russian Rocket, Scottish Scurvygrass, Sea Kale, Sea Radish, Sea Rocket, Sea Stock, Shepherd's Cress, Shepherd's Purse, Small-flowered Wintercress, Smith's Pepperwort, Steppe Cabbage, Swede, Sweet Alyssum, Tall Rocket, Thale Cress, Tower Mustard, Treacle Mustard, Trefoil Cress, Turnip, Wall Whitlowgrass, Wallflower, Wallflower Cabbage, Warty Cabbage, Watercress, Wavy Bittercress, White Mustard, Wild Cabbage, Wild Radish, Wild Turnip, Wintercress, Woad, Yellow Whitlowgrass
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
35 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, grassland, roadsides, wasteland.

White, 4 petals
The inflorescence is a spike. The spike consists of many white or deep lilac flowers. Flowers each measure 6 to 8mm across. Pollinated by bees.
The fruits are roundish, notched, winged pods. 2-seeded.
A quite downy annual flower, mostly found in bare or sparsely grassy places. The stalkless leaves are pinnately lobed and alternately positioned along the stems. Wild Candytuft is absent of a basal rosette of leaves.
Other Names:
Annual Candytuft, Bitter Candytuft, Hyacinth Candytuft, Rock Candytuft, Rocket Candytuft.
Frequency (UK):

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Iberis amara, also known as bitter candytuft or rock candytuft, is a species of flowering plant in the cabbage family. It is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to other parts of the world as a cultivated ornamental plant. The plant is known for its small, white or pink flowers and hairy leaves. It grows well in well-drained soil and is often found in rock gardens, borders, and as a ground cover. Iberis amara is a low-growing plant that forms a mat-like shape and can spread to form large clumps. It is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant and is valued for its attractive flowers and ability to thrive in difficult growing conditions. The plant is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments.


Wild Candytuft: Iberis amara, a Colorful and Low-Maintenance Garden Flower

Wild Candytuft, also known as Iberis amara, is a charming and vibrant flowering plant that is native to Mediterranean regions. This species of Iberis is an evergreen perennial that blooms in early spring with clusters of small, white or pink flowers. The plant's foliage is also striking, with dense, lance-shaped leaves that are a bright green color.

Not only is Wild Candytuft a beautiful addition to any garden, but it is also low-maintenance, making it an excellent choice for gardeners of all levels. The plant is drought-tolerant and requires little pruning or upkeep, making it ideal for rock gardens, borders, or as a ground cover.

One of the main benefits of Wild Candytuft is that it attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies to your garden. These pollinators are essential for the health and success of your garden and surrounding ecosystem. Additionally, the plant is deer-resistant, making it a good option for those who live in areas with a large deer population.

When planting Wild Candytuft, it is best to choose a location with well-drained soil and full sun exposure. The plant can also tolerate partial shade but may not bloom as profusely. It is important to plant the seeds or cuttings in the fall or spring to give the plant enough time to establish itself before the hot summer months.

Overall, Wild Candytuft is an excellent choice for gardeners looking to add a pop of color and beauty to their garden while also supporting the local ecosystem. Its low-maintenance nature and ability to attract pollinators make it a versatile and valuable addition to any outdoor space.

In terms of care, Wild Candytuft is relatively easy to grow and maintain. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and can withstand periods of dryness without requiring frequent watering. However, it is still important to keep the soil evenly moist, especially during the first growing season to ensure healthy root development.

Additionally, Wild Candytuft is not susceptible to many pests or diseases, making it a great option for gardeners looking to keep their gardening workload to a minimum. However, it is important to keep an eye out for aphids, which can sometimes feed on the sap of the plant. In this case, simply removing the affected leaves or using a gentle insecticide can quickly resolve the issue.

One thing to keep in mind is that Wild Candytuft can spread aggressively in ideal growing conditions. As a result, it may become invasive in certain areas. To avoid this, it is best to plant the seeds or cuttings in a well-contained area, such as a rock garden or a raised bed, to keep the plant from spreading beyond its designated space.

Wild Candytuft, Iberis amara, is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant that is well worth considering for your garden. Its attractive flowers and foliage, combined with its ease of care and ability to attract pollinators, make it a valuable addition to any outdoor space.

Another important aspect to keep in mind when growing Wild Candytuft is its versatility. The plant can be used in a variety of garden designs, from rock gardens and borders to cottage gardens and wildflower meadows. It can also be used as an edging plant along pathways or as a ground cover in areas with poor soil.

The plant can be grown from seed or from cuttings, making it an accessible option for gardeners of all levels. When grown from seed, Wild Candytuft usually takes around two to three years to reach maturity and begin blooming. However, growing from cuttings can produce results in a much shorter time frame, as the plant will have a head start in its development.

In terms of design, Wild Candytuft pairs well with other spring-blooming flowers, such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Its delicate, lacy foliage can also complement bolder-leaved plants, such as hostas or ferns. The plant can be used as a focal point in a garden bed or as a filler between larger plants to create a cohesive look.

When it comes to maintenance, Wild Candytuft requires very little attention. Once established, it can be left to grow and bloom on its own, although occasional deadheading can encourage reblooming. If the plant becomes too large or invasive, simple pruning or division can keep it under control.

In summary, Wild Candytuft is a versatile and low-maintenance plant that is well worth considering for your garden. Its attractive flowers, lush foliage, and ease of care make it an excellent option for any outdoor space. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, Wild Candytuft is sure to bring joy and beauty to your garden for years to come.


Wild Candytuft filmed in Adlington, Lancashire on the 22nd June 2023.


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