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PlantFiles: Globe Candytuft, Common Candytuft
Iberis umbellata

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iberis (eye-BEER-is) (Info)
Species: umbellata (um-bell-AY-tuh) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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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)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Amanda4973 On Mar 22, 2010, Amanda4973 from Seattle, WA wrote:

Candytuft is growing in a dry, sloped rockery behind my house in West Seattle, morning sun, afternoon shade. Partial sun means more blooms than another candytuft plant a few feet away that gets a little less sun. I don't water, and it grows very well. I only wish I could propagate it by digging some up and moving a piece of it to another place ... looks like I'll have to grow it from seed. Oh well, I know it will grow well. Other plants around it that are thriving without irrigation: red flowering currant, white yarrow, rosemary.

Positive jkramer On Jun 22, 2005, jkramer from Saint Charles, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Candytuft resows itself freely, and if allowed to do so will produce a striking mass of color ranging from white through pink, mauve, and purple. In the Midwest, I've found the bloom time is from late May into early July. Since the plants become somewhat ugly after blooming is through and they start to dry, it's a good idea to have some other flowers interspersed to add color to the area. The only negative is that Candytuft is so prolific that it may pop up somewhat far removed from where it was planted.

Neutral Terry On Aug 12, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Candytuft is an old-fashioned annual used in cottage gardens. It's name conjures up images of sweet confections, but it is actually named for the Mediterranean area of Candia (also known as Crete.) It is heat and drought tolerant, and loves sun but will tolerate a bit of shade.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Calistoga, California
Oak View, California
San Leandro, California
Villa Rica, Georgia
Morris, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Emerson, Iowa
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Gibbon, Minnesota
Oak Harbor, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
White Center, Washington

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