CANDYTUFT SEEDS - hardy perennial ground cover - Iberis Sempervirens
'Snowflake' Candytuft has larger flowers and a longer flowering season than any other perennial Candytuft.
Candytuft (Iberis Sempervirens) - Start Candytuft seeds to grow this hardy perennial ground cover. Iberis Sempervirens Candytuft is a low, semi-woody, densely growing, upright-stemmed, spreading ground cover plant that reaches 10 inches tall. Because of these features, evergreen Candytuft makes a very effective edging along walkways and terrace margins. Iberis also performs very well in rock gardens or as a general ground cover plant, particularly in beds that are slightly elevated and surrounded by a rock border. Candytuft if very adaptable and requires only one essential element: good drainage.
Start Candytuft seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the end of frost season. Press the ground cover seeds into the soil but do not cover them. Iberis Sempervirens seeds can also be started directly outdoors in a prepared seedbed once frost season has passed. Candytuft perennial plants are fairly drought tolerant, but they do require occasional deep watering. This flowering ground cover plant prefers full sun to light shade. Some gardeners cut plants back after blooming to encourage some blooming throughout the summer. Iberis is a beautiful, flowering, low-growing, ground cover plant that will establish nicely from ground cover seeds.
- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 3 - 9
- Height: 10 inches
- Bloom Season: Spring
- Bloom Color: White
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Temperature: 50 - 60F
- Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
- Light Required: Do not leave in direct sunlight
- Depth: Do not cover but tightly press into the soil
- Sowing Rate: Approximately 1,000 seeds covers 20 square feet
- Moisture: Keep moist until germination
- Note: For detailed directions for indoor