Iberis sempervirens Brassicaceae
Evergreen Candytuft i-BEE-ris sem-per-VI-renz
- Evergreen ground cover, 15-30 cm, sprawling. Leaves alternate, simple, linear-oblong, 13-50 mm long, 3-5 mm wide, dark green all year. Flowers white, borne in 2.5-4 cm clusters (racemes) which cover the plant, blooms in spring to early summer.
- Sun. Shear lightly after bloom to stimulate growth.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to southern Europe.
- Several cultivars, including:
- Alexander's White - low-growing, early blooming, 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) high, fine textured foliage.
- Little Gem - dwarf, only 6 inches (15 cm) tall.
- Purity - 8 inches (20 cm) tall, wide spreading.
- Snowflake - 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) tall, large flowers clusters, broader more leathery leaves .
- Iberis: from Iberia. sempervirens: evergreen (Latin, semper, always, and vivus, alive).
- Oregon State Univ.campus: west of Cordley, next to building; north side of Cordley Hort Garden; west side of Milam.