Iberis sempervirens 'Snowflake'Item #4220 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Very showy profusion of pure white blooms top neat, low mounds in spring. Its spreading form is excellent for edging, in borders or as rock-garden accents. Plant with perennials and annuals.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slow grower to less than 1 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:i-BE-ris sem-per-VI-renzDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:1 - 24, 31 - 45Growth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow grower to less than 1 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.Special features:Dwarf PlantFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring into early summerFlower color:WhiteDesign IdeasThis is a popular small perennial beloved for its snow-white flowers. An excellent addition to all white and moonlight gardens. It is a popular rock-garden plant, but more popular for edging in semiformal plantings, where its neat habit produces a continuous miniature hedge to enclose blooming annuals. Also a good potted plant for prim color on steps, decks and terraces.Companion PlantsBecause it is a neutral color, use this little perennial to accent bold low-growing plants such as the potent Black-eyed Magenta Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum var. subcaulescens) or its cheerful cousin Pink Spice Cranesbill (Geranium x 'Pink Spice'). It is traditionally paired with Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue') and the dramatic Bloodstone Thrift (Armeria maritima 'Bloodstone').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a groundcover, space plants 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: fall.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This delightful genus was named for its place of origin, the Iberian Peninsula of Spain. It is native to cliffs and rocky outcroppings in coastal regions throughout southern Europe. Although the annual species has been grown in England since 1596, the perennial did not reach Britain until 1739. It was grown extensively in the world famous Chelsea Physic Garden where plants from the Empire were tested for their medicinal values.Lore:The candytuft flower is quite similar in shape to that of broccoli, proving they share the same family of Brassica.