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Evergreen candytuft

Durable Delights: Evergreen candytuft

Published: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.

Evergreen candytuft

Iberis sempervirens

Size: Under 1 foot tall

Bloom season: Spring, summer

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Pruning needs: Little or none; to renew, cut back after flowering

Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.

Snapshot: Forming soft mounds, this is a very dependable and easy-care evergreen perennial. Candytuft will flourish in either sun or partial shade with just a little water. In spring, it's covered with clean white flowers that add sparkle to any landscape. One of the most adaptable garden perennials around, this ground cover can take a wide spectrum of light and water conditions. You can see specimens in the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu

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