Iberis sempervirens L.


Small shrub. Leaves evergreen, to about 4 cm long, 2-4 mm wide, entire, linear to narrowly oblong or spoon-shaped. Flower petals white; winter. Fruit a 6-7 mm long silicula, broadly winged from the base.

S Europe

This is the most widely grown candytuft available in a range of cultivars; names listed include 'Dwarf Fairy', 'Iceberg', 'Little Gem', 'Snow Crystal', 'Snowflake', 'White Cloud' and 'White Flash'.


The winter flowering I. semperflorens L. from Italy and Sicily is occasionally cultivated; it has a narrowly winged fruit much wider than long.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Brassicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Brassicales
family       Brassicaceae
genus        Iberis L.