Common Names: Candytuft, Iberis

Botanical names: Iberis, (i-BEER-is)

Availability: Spring and Summer

Vase life: 5 to 7 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Clustered florets on stems 6 to 12 inches in length.

Color: White, pink, red and lavender

Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek word (iberis) for Iberia referring to the origin of the plant in the Mediterranean region.

Design notes: These beautiful blossoms work well as fillers in mixed arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Purchase clusters in full bloom. Avoid damaged blossoms.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut two inches off of the stem end with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Common relatives include sweet alyssum, wallflower, stock, broccoli and cabbage.