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  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Rock Garden Plant
    Blooms:
    Spring into early summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:i-BE-ris sem-per-VI-renz
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 24, 31 - 45
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower to less than 1 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide.
    Special features:Dwarf Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring into early summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design 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').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.