IBERIS Perennial Candytuft

Annual Candytuft is usually seen as a colourful mixture of white, pink and red flowers, but Perennial Candytuft comes only in white. This shrubby evergreen is a useful and popular rockery plant – very easy to grow as long as it gets some sun. Dead-head regularly in order to extend the

Flowering period: and spray with an insecticide if holes begin to appear in the leaves.

VARIETIES: Unless you go to a specialist supplier the only species you are likely to be offered is I. sempervirens. The flowers are borne in closely-packed heads, each flower exhibiting the 4-petalled arrangement of the Cabbage family. The

Flowering period: is May-June; the height and spread are variable, depending on the variety chosen. The best of all is ‘Snowflake’ – height 9 in., spread 1/2 ft. Where space is limited, choose instead ‘Little Gem’ – height 4 in., spread 8 in.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil will do – thrives best in full sun.

PROPAGATION: Plant non-flowering cuttings in a cold frame in summer.

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