May 4, 2006
CANDYTUFT (Iberis sempervirens) WHAT IT IS: If you follow the rule of always having something white blooming in your garden, this one is great for spring. The perennial candytuft offers clusters of white blossoms, sometimes long enough to cut for bouquets. The narrow, shiny green leaves are attractive all year. CULTIVATION: Plant this gem in welldrained soil in spring or fall, in full sun or partial shade. It will need regular watering, and a light shearing after bloom might stimulate new growth. APPEARANCE/USES: Candytuft is a hardy addition to your rock garden or along walkways. Normally 8 to 12 inches tall and spreading about as wide, you will find shorter and taller varieties. Although extremely showy during springtime, it blooms sporadically in summer and fall. The varieties “Autumnale” and “Autumn Snow” bloom both spring and fall. Iberis sempervirens makes a nice companion plant to spring bulbs, creeping phlox, basket-ofgold and lavender. Contributed by Joan Nusbaum, Colorado Master Gardener. For answers to your horticultural questions, contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 636-8921 or e-mail CSUmg2@elpasoco.com.