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Little Gem Candytuft

Iberis sempervirens 'Little Gem'

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Little Gem Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens 'Little Gem') at Valley View Farms

Little Gem Candytuft in bloom

Little Gem Candytuft in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Little Gem Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens 'Little Gem') at Valley View Farms

Little Gem Candytuft flowers

Little Gem Candytuft flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b


This cultivar is like a perennial, but is in actuality a low growing shrub; features a froth of snowy white flowers in spring, and very fine evergreen foliage for the rest of the year, benefits from snow cover; lower growing than the species

Ornamental Features

Little Gem Candytuft is smothered in stunning white flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Little Gem Candytuft is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Gem Candytuft is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Little Gem Candytuft will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features
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