Iberis – Candytuft, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Iberis – Candytuft

Candytuft, a low growing
evergreen shrub, is in reality one of the best flowers
in its class. It grows from 9 inches to 12 inches high
and spreads out making low mats which are covered with
flat, dense clusters of the purest of white flowers.
This perennial Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens) comes
into bloom the last part of April and lasts through
June. I. gibraltarica is the largest of the Candytufts,
but is somewhat more straggly in growth. It is very
showy because the clusters of white flowers are deeply
tinted rose lavender. The foliage of Candytuft is evergreen,
which makes the plant attractive throughout the year.
This is the larger and showier of the two species, but
is not as hardy.

UTILIZE. Candytuft, besides
being one of the best white flowers for cutting, is
also invaluable to use in rock gardens, to cover bare
spots, to use in beds. Candytuft, with its evergreen
foliage, is one of the best plants grown for edging
purposes. Some of the varieties are fragrant, which
makes them more useful as cut flowers. The plants are
used in hanging baskets, porch boxes and are grown as
pot plants.

GENERAL. The plants form
a dense mat and when once established should not be
moved. They do best in the sunshine. A moderately rich
soil and plenty of water are the most important requirements.
If the true I. gibraltarica is grown, it will need careful
protection in the northern states.

PROPAGATION. Those plants
grown from seed, are usually straggly the first year.
They are easy to raise from seed, which germinate in
two weeks but the best plants are obtained from cuttings
which root easily. Cuttings should be made in September
and wintered over in a coldframe where they can be kept

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