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Evergreen Candytuft

Iberis sempervirens

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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, 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 Candytuft, Wild Radish, Wild Turnip, Wintercress, Woad, Yellow Whitlowgrass
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Gardens, walls, wasteland.

White, 4 petals
Flowers appear in dense clusters. The heads each measure about 4cm across.
The fruit is a pod.
An evergreen subshrub with dark green, leathery, glossy, narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Leaves measure up to 4 inches long and 5mm wide.
Other Names:
Edging Candytuft, Perennial Candytuft, Rock Candytuft.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Iberis sempervirens, also known as rock candytuft or evergreen 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 sempervirens 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.


Evergreen Candytuft, Iberis sempervirens, is a beautiful, low-growing ground cover that is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. It is a hardy and low-maintenance plant that is widely grown in gardens and landscaped areas for its attractive foliage and charming white or pink blooms.

The plant grows to a height of about 6-12 inches and has a spreading habit, making it ideal for use in rock gardens, borders, and as a ground cover for larger areas. The glossy green leaves of the Candytuft are small and evergreen, providing year-round interest in the garden. The plant blooms from late spring to early summer, producing clusters of small, star-shaped flowers that range in color from white to pink.

Candytuft is a versatile plant that can be grown in a variety of soils and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is drought-tolerant and can withstand periods of dryness, making it ideal for low-water gardens. It is also resistant to deer and rabbits, making it a good choice for gardens in areas where these animals are a problem.

One of the best things about Evergreen Candytuft is how easy it is to grow and care for. It is a tough and adaptable plant that requires little maintenance, making it ideal for busy gardeners or those who are new to gardening. Simply plant it in well-drained soil, water it regularly until it is established, and then let it grow and spread on its own.

Evergreen Candytuft is a versatile and attractive plant that is easy to grow and care for. It adds year-round interest to gardens and landscaped areas and is an excellent choice for low-water gardens, rock gardens, and borders. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, you'll love the beauty and ease of growing Candytuft in your garden.

Aside from its ornamental value, Candytuft also has several practical uses. For example, it can be used as a filler plant in container gardens, or as a colorful border in herb gardens or vegetable gardens. The plant also attracts beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, which are essential for pollinating other plants in the garden.

Another benefit of Evergreen Candytuft is its versatility. The plant can be used in a variety of garden styles, including formal, informal, and cottage gardens. It can be combined with other low-growing plants, such as thyme, sedum, and small evergreens, to create a textured and colorful garden bed. Additionally, it is easy to propagate and can be divided in spring or fall to create new plants.

In terms of care, Candytuft is a low-maintenance plant that requires very little attention. However, it is important to prune it regularly to promote healthy growth and encourage reblooming. Pruning also helps to keep the plant compact and prevent it from spreading too much. In addition, it is important to provide adequate water and fertilizer, especially during the growing season.

Evergreen Candytuft is a charming and low-maintenance plant that is perfect for gardeners of all levels. With its attractive foliage and blooms, versatility, and ease of care, it is no wonder that Candytuft is a popular choice for gardens and landscaped areas.

In addition to its ornamental value, Evergreen Candytuft also has medicinal properties. The plant has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat various ailments, including coughs, colds, and digestive problems. The leaves and stems of the plant contain compounds that are thought to have anti-inflammatory and expectorant effects, making it useful in treating respiratory issues.

Candytuft is also an attractive option for those looking to create a wildlife-friendly garden. Its nectar-rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, providing a vital food source for these important insects. In addition, the plant's evergreen foliage provides a sheltered habitat for small mammals and birds, making it an ideal choice for a garden that supports wildlife.

When it comes to planting and care, Candytuft is a relatively easy plant to grow. It can be planted in the spring or fall and prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is also drought-tolerant, making it an ideal choice for gardeners who want a low-maintenance ground cover.

In conclusion, Evergreen Candytuft is a versatile and attractive plant that offers many benefits for gardeners and wildlife alike. With its charming blooms, evergreen foliage, and ease of care, it is a perfect choice for gardeners looking to add a low-growing ground cover to their landscape.

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