Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
Several species of candytuft are grown in gardens, but this is the most popular. Native to the Mediterranean region, Iberis sempervirens has been cultivated for centuries and has a wide range of reported medicinal properties. Often called "evergreen candytuft," its leaves persist year-round in areas with mild winters. It forms low, spreading mats of foliage that are covered with white blossoms in the springtime. Several cultivars are available, including some with a particularly compact habit. Iberis sempervirens grows best in well-drained soil and should be cut back severely after flowering.