Definition of candytuft in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkandēˌtəft/


A European plant with small heads of white, pink, or purple flowers, often cultivated as a garden plant.
  • Genus Iberis, family Brassicaceae.
Example sentences
  • Evergreen candytuft and Liriope remain green, while wintergreen and Epimedium turn bronze or purple-red.
  • Plant several poppies as your tall center flowers, then add colorful snapdragons or blue salvia, candytuft, pansies, and sweet alyssum or Dusty Miller to fill out your container.
  • Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.


Early 17th century: from Candy (obsolete form of Candia, former name of Crete) + tuft.

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Syllabification: can·dy·tuft

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