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A mid-border plant, this pink or lavender flower can flop, but is an attractive addition to the spring garden.

Latin Name

Iberis umbellata



Also Known As

Garden Candytuft Purple Candytuft

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

May - June


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Skin irritant Skin irritant


    Native Range



    Introduced to cultivation in the 1600s, purple candytuft was mentioned by plantsman Bernard McMahon in his 1802 publication

    Other Details

    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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