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Iberis umbellata-Globe Candytuft flowers-photos

Iberis-Candytuft is an early summer blooming plant native to the Mediterranean basin. Many members of the genus come from the Iberian Peninsula, hence the name Iberis. Others come form Greece; the name candytuft derives from Candia, an older name of the capital of Crete.

Some species, like the Globe Candytuft (Iberis umbellata) are annuals, others are perennials or have evergreen foliage.
Here is a macro of a light purple iberis flower, those many little buds in the middle will open soon.
Iberis umbellata flower picture
Globe Candytuft, Iberis umbellata is a small, bushy plant, not more than 30-40 cm (12-16 in) tall.
It blooms from early summer until frost with lovely purple, mauve, pink and white flowers. The purple and mauve Iberis combines beautifully with orange-yellow marigolds, pot marigolds, in flowerbeds and borders.
Globe Candytuft-Iberis umbellata purple
The white one is very pretty too, as you can see in the following macro photo.

Candytuft-Iberis umbellata white
Iberis flowers thrive in full sun to part shade but doesn't tolerate heat. They like well drained, moist soil, they do well in rock gardens as well.
Iberis white-Edging Candytuft
See also the Iberis sempervirens which has evergreen foliage.

7 comments:

Kim, USA said...

Oh my this flower is beautiful!!!

Carletta said...

I love candytuft. My Dad used to plant it on our hillside when I was growing up.
Your light purple macro of it is beautiful!
Lovely work.

Have a great weekend!
Carletta@Carletta's Captures

Poetic Shutterbug said...

You know I see these all over and I just love them. The white one is exquisite. Beautiful shots.

SquirrelQueen said...

The lavender one is so pretty, great macro shot. I have white Candtuft but I would love to add this one too.

Judy said...

These are pretty, but I really like the scented geraniums you have on the other page! I would love to see them spreading as a wildflower!! Here they are a tender perennial, and don't survive the winter outdoors!

Jama said...

This is so pretty!

April said...

What a lovely plant.

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