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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)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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


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

Marinette, Wisconsin

Medford, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.