Iberis sempervirens Evergreen Candytuft

Iberis sempervirens Evergreen Candytuft

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This naturalizer makes an excellent ground cover and is almost evergreen in our Zone 3ish Calgary climate. It is among the first to blossom starting in early May. It was a gift from our lovely next door neighbour Dale and I have since divided it and transplanted it in my home garden and in the Parkdale Community Garden. It has a sticky surface that attaches to garden gloves pulling up a small piece for automatic transplanting. Its blossoms sway at the top of the long thin stem. My mounds are usually not wider than 30 cm. It was one of the plants in my lane way garden that Brookfield Residential helped transplant in September 2015. We have kept dividing it at the Community Garden around the edges of perennial beds and food forest guilds as a defense against invasive plants and grasses.

Iberus sempervirus

Candytuft is an evergreen subshrub that is among the first flowers to bloom in spring in my Parkdale garden.

Iberis semperviren-008I think this is my mystery plant which was given to me by a neighbour. It has very sticky hairs on its stems so it gets stuck on garden gloves and is easy to plant elsewhere. The white blossoms that appear in mid-May and keep blooming in early June, form dense rounded heads that balance on thin stems that are covered in sticky hairs. They stick to garden gloves and can be easily transplanted. An evergreen, its dark green, oblong, narrow leaves form a dense mound that is weed resistance and looks good almost all year even in late fall and early spring. It can be pruned after it stops blossoming. It will grow to about 12″ (30 cm) and it can spread to about 18 to 24 inches. It likes the sun.

I purchased some Iberus sempervirus Thlaspi toujours vert ‘Purity’ at Home Depot Spring in 2013, which is still growing in a very dry, difficult area under the poplar tree. My neighbour’s plant has been subdivided over the years as it is a naturalizer and spreads.

Garden Beds: Tara’s Island
Blooms in Calgary: May, June,
Notes: growing in an area with very challenging light, moisture, soil under an large poplar tree
Companions: white and other colours of phlox, anemone, sedums.

I transplanted some of this to the Parkdale Community Garden.


Iberis sempervirens Evergreen Candytuft Heritage Perennials

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