IBERIS umbellata (Annual Candytuft) is a species of flowering plant in the Brassicaceae family. Iberis umbellata is native to southern Europe, particularly the Mediterranean region. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes due to its attractive flowers.
This is an annual or short-lived perennial plant that grows to a height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters). It has branching stems and forms compact mounds of foliage. The leaves are lance-shaped and usually have a glossy appearance. The plant produces clusters of small, showy flowers with four petals. The flowers come in various colors, including white, pink, lavender, and purple.
Annual Candytuft typically blooms in spring and early summer, producing dense clusters of flowers that create a carpet-like effect. The blooming period can vary slightly depending on the specific growing conditions and climate.
Annual Candytuft is relatively easy to grow and is suitable for a variety of growing conditions. It prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. The plant thrives in well-drained soil and is relatively drought-tolerant once established. It is often used in rock gardens, borders, and containers.
Annual Candytuft is typically propagated from seeds. The seeds can be sown directly in the garden bed or started indoors and transplanted after the threat of frost has passed. They should be lightly covered with soil and kept moist until germination, which usually takes around 10 to 14 days. Thin the seedlings to allow sufficient space for growth.
Annual Candytuft is primarily grown for its ornamental value. Its colorful flowers and compact growth habit make it a popular choice for adding color to garden beds and borders. It also attracts pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, making it beneficial for pollinator-friendly gardens.
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Scientific Name: Iberis Umbellata
Common Name: Annual candytuft
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Europe
Habitats: Bushy and rocky places
Height: 12-18 " tall
Spread: 48 "
Ease of care: Easy to grow and low maintenance
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Early to Mid-summer, Early Spring
Flower Color: Pink, Purple, White
Water Requirement: Regular watering allowing the soil to partially dry each time.
Soil Type: Prefers a calcareous soil but tolerates mildly acid soils.
Characteristics: Good for cut, Fragrant flowers, Showy