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Iberis ‘Absolutely Amethyst’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)
Iberis ‘Absolutely Amethyst’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
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Moderate

Iberis umbellata

Globe Candytuft
Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)
Annuals

IBERIS

Free-blooming plants from southern and western Europe with clusters of white, lavender, lilac, pink, rose, purple, carmine, or crimson blossoms. Perennial candytufts flower from early spring to summer. Annual species bloom in spring and summer; they are most floriferous where the summer nights are cool. Use all kinds in borders, containers, or for cutting. Perennials are also good as edgings, in rock gardens, or as small-scale groundcovers.

All types need well-drained soil. In spring or (in mild climates) fall, sow seeds of annuals in place or in flats for later transplanting. Set out perennial plants in spring or fall. Shear lightly after bloom to stimulate new growth.

Iberis umbellata ‘Candy Cane’ (photo courtesy of Kieft Seed)
Iberis umbellata ‘Candy Cane’ (photo courtesy of Kieft Seed)

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Iberis umbellata

Bushy plants grow to 12–15 in. high and 9 in. wide. Lance-shaped leaves to 3 1/2 in. long; flowers in pink, rose, carmine, crimson, salmon, lilac, and white. ‘Candy Cane’ comes in rose, purple, lilac, and white. Lower-growing strains Dwarf Fairy and Magic Carpet, available in the same colors, reach 6 in. high.

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