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PlantFiles: Annual Candytuft
Iberis crenata

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iberis (eye-BEER-is) (Info)
Species: crenata (kre-NAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Iberis pectinata

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PermaCycle On May 5, 2012, PermaCycle from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted this annual last spring (2011) in one location on the west side of my residence to a bed facing south but in partial shade a part of the day. I moved a mass of this colony in the autumn to a nearby location on the same side to plant a small shrub requiring shade. The new location provides more afternoon sun and they quickly accepted the move. Surprisingly, as the days got colder, most of the colony remained vibrant and evergreen through a mild winter. Is this really an annual, I asked myself? Occasionally, I would check on them, expecting them to succumb to nature's will, but they never did. In early spring of this year, several plants were weakened or killed by frost. I cleaned the colony of weak plants and covered the remainder with soil over healthy stems and added a row cover. Currently, the plants are beginning to show signs of blooms and their height and vigor appear to be exceptional as the colony quickly multiplied and spread once the weather warmed and it is now encroaching upon a transplanted hosta. I'll post a photo once the blooming begin.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

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