candytuft, any plant of the genus Iberis of the family Cruciferae (mustard family), low-growing plants of the Old World. A number of half-hardy annuals and evergreen perennials are cultivated—chiefly in borders and rock gardens—for the flat-topped or elongated clusters of flowers of various colors. Candytufts are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Capparales, family Cruciferae.
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