• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Iberis sempervirens

perennial candytuft

  • Other common names perennial candytuft
    edging candytuft

    evergreen candytuft

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  • Synonyms Iberis commutata

  • Family Brassicaceae

  • Genus Iberis can be annuals, evergreen perennials or sub-shrubs, with narrow leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowers

  • Details I. sempervirens is a spreading evergreen sub-shrub to 30cm in height, with narrow, dark green leaves. Flowers pure white, in dense heads to 4cm in width, at first flattish, later becoming rounded, from late spring

  • Plant range S Europe, SW Asia


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Spreading / Branched

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows well in poor soils. Looks good in rock gardens or in walls. Can be invasive

Propagation Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Garden Edging Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning Trim lightly after flowering to maintain compactness

Pests Prone to slugs, snails and caterpillars

Diseases Generally disease free

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