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Hyacinth Candytuft, Rocket Candytuft

Iberis amara

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iberis (eye-BEER-is) (Info)
Species: amara (a-MAH-ruh) (Info)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

Merced, California

Denver, Colorado

Rathdrum, Idaho

Indianapolis, Indiana

Charlotte, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2015, tride26 from Denver, CO wrote:

My favorite thing about this plant is the foliage. It says dark green and perfect looking all season, right through late October. It is great for up close locations near a patio or walkway where you notice imperfections. This plant has no imperfections.


On Mar 14, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice low-growing plant which is a swathe of white when in full bloom. For me it bloomed about two months from direct seeding, for about 2 weeks in late June-mid July. I didn't deadhead - maybe that would have prolonged the bloom. After it set seed I tried cutting it back for rebloom but that didn't work. I heard reports that it is supposed to be fragrant, but mine were only faintly stinky (kind of an odd rubbery smell). Still, very easy to grow and pretty. Did great in a pretty shady spot as well.


On Nov 2, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is an easy, carefree annual that can be directly seeded in the garden. Blooming starts about six weeks after sowing and continues right up until long after the first frost. They love cool temperatures and may slow down in the heat of summer but they’ll be rejuvenated as temps cool down again. It grows to 12-15 inches tall and the tiny 4 petalled flowers grow up forming spires of blooms resembling a slender hyacinth. They are sweetly scented and make wonderful cut flowers. It self sows faithfully if you allow them to set seed.