Candytuft (Iberis spp.)

Candytuft Plant Features

An easy-care ground hugger, candytuft gets its name from the fragrant white flower heads that cover the plants each spring. Growing just 6 to 8 inches tall, candytuft is a top pick for rock gardens, slopes, or border edges. The plant has dark green foliage that retains its color throughout the winter. For best effect, plant candytuft in drifts or clumps that slowly spread through the garden. Candytuft is also prized by butterflies and other pollinators. The plant is deer resistant, too. Hardy from zones 3-9.

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Candytuft Growing Instructions

Plant candytuft in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. This little charmer is super easy to grow, but it will fail in muddy, clay soil. Shear back the faded flower heads to keep the plant looking good.

Candytuft is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Deer/rabbit resistant


Complement your Candytuft

Add a few Pansies around your Candytuft for an extra dose of spring color.

Phlox, Creeping
Creeping Phlox and Candytuft share the same cultural needs and both bloom in the early spring. Plant them together in a rock garden or on a small hillside.

Armeria and Candytuft are a great team in a rock garden or container.

Our favorite varieties

Purity Candytuft

Purity Candytuft

Iberis 'Purity'

Purity is a an excellent perennial groundcover that has evergreen foliage smothered in white flowers in spring. It grows 8 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Zones 3-9

Pink Ice Candytuft

Pink Ice Candytuft

Iberis 'Pink Ice'

This candytuft offers clusters of lavender-pink flowers on a mound of evergreen foliage in spring and early summer. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9

Snow Cone Candytuft

Snow Cone Candytuft

Iberis 'Snow Cone'

Offering larger flower clusters than other varieties, Snow Cone is easy-to-grow and adds a big burst of spring color to the garden. It grows 10 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-8

Masterpiece Candytuft

Masterpiece Candytuft

Iberis 'Masterpiece'

Masterpiece candytuft is a standout in cool-summer areas for its extended bloom; it can continue off and on from spring to midsummer. In hot-summer areas, it blooms in spring and early summer. Masterpiece grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 6-8