Iberis sempervirens

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Iberis sempervirens
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Iberis sempervirens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Iberis
Species: I. sempervirens
Binomial name
Iberis sempervirens

Iberis sempervirens, the evergreen candytuft[1] or perennial candytuft,[2] is a species of flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native to southern Europe. It is a spreading subshrub growing to 30 cm (12 in) high by 40 cm (16 in) broad. As an ornamental plant it is a spring-blooming favourite, often seen cascading over rocks and walls, or used as groundcover. The glossy, evergreen foliage forms a billowing mound, with many fragrant, pure white flowers[3] for several weeks during spring and early summer. When grown in a garden it may require light pruning right after blooming, but otherwise plants can be left alone in fall and early spring. It is drought-tolerant once established. It prefers a well-drained site, so heavy clay soils that stay wet in winter should be avoided. It is not easily divided.[4]

Iberis is so named because many members of the genus come from the Iberian Peninsula. Sempervirens means "always green", referring to the evergreen foliage.[5]

This plant[6] and the cultivar 'Snowflake'[7] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ "Iberis sempervirens". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. ^ http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/k620/iberis-sempervirens.aspx
  5. ^ http://hcs.osu.edu/hcs/tmi/plantlist/ib_irens.html  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2013-05-20.