Iberis, commonly known as Candytuft, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Brassicaceae. It includes approximately 50 species of annuals and perennials, most of which are native to Europe, North Africa, or Western Asia. Candytuft plants typically have small, lance-shaped leaves that form rosettes at the base of the stem. The flowers bloom in spring or summer and are usually white with flat-topped clusters that can be several inches across.
While the flowers are small, they are striking. Candytuft flowers typically have four petals arranged in a cross shape. The petals are usually white but can also be pink, lavender, or purple shades. The blooms are produced in dense clusters, creating a showy display that can last for several weeks.
One of the most attractive features of Candytuft is its sweet fragrance, which is particularly strong in some species. The scent is most noticeable on warm, sunny days and can attract pollinators, including bees and butterflies.
Candytuft is also a popular garden plant due to its ease of cultivation. It is commonly used in rock gardens, borders, and as a ground cover. Although Candytuft plants prefer full sun and well-draining soil, they are drought-tolerant once established, making them an excellent choice for gardens in hot and dry climates. Additionally, Candytuft is resistant to most pests and diseases and does not require frequent spraying or other interventions.