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Evergreen Candytuft

Iberis sempervirens

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iberis (eye-BEER-is) (Info)
Species: sempervirens (sem-per-VY-renz) (Info)
Synonym:Iberis commutata


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Alabaster, Alabama

Auburn, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Corte Madera, California

Elk Grove, California

Magalia, California

Redwood City, California

Mystic, Connecticut

Seaford, Delaware

Barnesville, Georgia

Lithonia, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Greenville, Indiana

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Logansport, Indiana

Berea, Kentucky

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Ellicott City, Maryland

Westminster, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Petal, Mississippi

Independence, Missouri

Durham, New Hampshire

Rockaway, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Salt Point, New York

Burlington, North Carolina

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Dayton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Springboro, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ashland, Oregon

Hillsboro, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina(2 reports)

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Cibolo, Texas

Coppell, Texas

Mansfield, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Chesapeake, Virginia

Evington, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Palmyra, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Wytheville, Virginia

Barberton, Washington

Davenport, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Parkwood, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

Salmon Creek, Washington

Spokane, Washington

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 21, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

This has done well in my scree. A healthy seedling I found this fall as the frost killed off the weeds in my crushed limestone drive certainly demonstrated a remarkable tolerance for alkaline sites.


On Jul 24, 2012, upnorth2 from Davenport, WA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Ill try not to be too wordy:
From my experience, the plant grows profusely and happily, flowering the whole time, from November to March in Concan, Texas (we snowbird there in the winter). It also is happy and blooming from April through May in Eastern Washington (where we spend our summers). From May to July in E. Wash, it is green and happy, but no flowers. Ive heard it is NOT DEER RESISTANT, but WE HAVE HAD NOOO TROUBLE WITH DEER OR RABBITS IN IT YET . Our dogs are out in the yard all day, but are put inside during the evening, and the deer, at night, (8 to 20 in a herd each year) traverse our back yard fence-line early morning and late evening, and jump easily in and out over the 3 foot fence we have, so have full access to it.
I will cut it to the ground when ... read more


On May 2, 2012, RobSand from Richmond, VA wrote:

I live in Richmond, VA and started several plants from seeds and the plants are now taking over the small sunny bed where they were planted. They have now stopped blooming (Ap 2nd) after two months of beautiful color. I am thinking of dividing and moving plants to new areas, but not sure about the best time to do this.


On Mar 29, 2011, Munga from Weatherford, TX wrote:

This is a gorgeous plant. It grows well in North Central Texas. I have mine planted underneath a tree in nearly all day shade; but not necessarily deep shade. My soil is very sandy. It flowers every year by the end of March. Sometimes it will flower again in late summer. It is semi-evergreen here. It needs more water in summer due to our extreme heat and lack of rain. Mine has never re-seeded or spread. It has become leggy a time or two and I've trimmed it back severely in late fall and it comes back nicely the following spring. I love this plant. It brightens up the spot it's in and everyone asks me what it is when they see it. I have been able to propogate from cuttings but it's a delicate operation and they do not always sprout. I will try using root stimulator this season... read more


On Oct 20, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Deer eat Central California foothills


On Mar 2, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of those low, edging/carpeting plants that makes everyone behind it look better than they otherwise might.

While our seed-grown candytuft had enough sun, it cascaded down a 4' stone retaining wall for about 8 linear feet and made a very beautiful waterfall of pristine white beneath the hybrid musk rose 'Cornelia.

But it seems we've been having ice storms in February more frequently in recent years, and this devastates the top and diminishes the April flowering. The plant rebounds after a haircut to clothe the top of the wall and Cornelia's toes with more respectable leaves - am letting a cream and gray-green variegated vinca minor duke it out with the candytuft in the shade of the magnolia growing above. So far, Cornelia has been thriving in t... read more


On May 22, 2006, zillabug from Cato, NY wrote:

We have had too much success growing this plant. It's planted on the west side of the house in a sandy loam soil. It's very drought tolerant, and fairly aggresive. I have to seriously 'prune it' back every other year. It's a prolific, early bloomer, but we have noticed a peculiar unpleasent odor that is more prevelent on wet days or early in the morning. It's not a plant I would place near an entrance or walk.


On Mar 18, 2006, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I am surprised about the insistance of full sun for these plants. Mine is only in the sun about 1 or 2 hours a day. Then it is mostly in shade, but not dark shade. It is very pretty, and remains green all winter. It has not spread very fast, but then again, it is in a rock garden right above some pavement so it can't spread any further downhill. I did not know it liked "sweet" soil; mine is very acid.
It blooms very prettily, a nice contrast to its dark evergreen leaves. I promise I will add some lime to it.


On Jan 27, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very nice looking plant year round. I takes the heat of summer well. I have a couple of varieties of this and am happy with both. My information says it is hardy in zones 3-10.


On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Great evergreen mound in wintertime. Shear after blooms fade in spring to keep the habit looking nice. May also encourage rebloom in fall depending on zone. This plant is low-maitenance provided it has well draining soil. It grows well in rock gardens. Warmer zones need to protect it from winter sun/winds.


On Sep 3, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant forms a very dense carpet of foliage with delightful white flowers. Enjoys full sun. pokerboy.


On May 22, 2004, phalvorson from Panama City, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

We had trouble growing this plant in the Florida panhandle. Even though it was watered every other day, the humidity and hot Florida sun made it appear gangly and ratty looking over time. We eventually had to give up on it.


On Aug 4, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I've had the same plant now for 8 years, so it is long lived, but it has not grown in that time! It is in good soil in a NE exposure and looks good, but does not grow or self seed. The flowers are a lovely pristine white in spring and the foliage is attractive year round.


On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Easy and care-free. This is a great plant for hot, sunny spots. Plants will re-seed and form large clumps. I have it spilling over the edge of my retaining wall and it always puts on a nice show.


On Aug 25, 2002, Baa wrote:

An evergreen subshrub from Southern Europe.

Has oblong, deep green, smooth leaves. Bears heads of pure white, sometimes blushed lilac pink flowers.

Flowers Late April-July

Likes a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in full sun.

Can be pruned lightly after flowering to retain the shape and tidyness.

A nice easy plant for a border valued because it flowers when many spring plants are finishing and summer bloomers haven't quite started.