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Any of several plants of the genus Iberis in the mustard family, native to Europe and the Mediterranean region and widely cultivated for their showy clusters of white, pink, crimson, or purple flowers.

[Obsolete Candy (variant of Candia1) + tuft.]
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(Plants) either of two species of Iberis grown as annual garden plants for their umbels ("tufts") of white, red, or purplish flowers. See iberis
[C17: from Candy, obsolete variant of Candia (Crete) + tuft]
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(ˈkæn diˌtʌft)

any of various small plants of the genus Iberis, of the mustard family, with tufted white, pink, or lavender flowers.
[1570–80; Candy (variant of Candia) + tuft]
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Noun1.candytuft - any of various flowering plants of the genus Iberis cultivated for their showy clusters of white to red or purple flowerscandytuft - any of various flowering plants of the genus Iberis cultivated for their showy clusters of white to red or purple flowers; native to Mediterranean region
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Iberis, Iberis - Old World herbs and subshrubs: candytuft
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Among flower seeds, the shortest-lived are delphinium, aster, candytuft and phlox.
Sow a patch of hardy annuals - such as a lovely blue collection of love-in-a-mist, candytuft, blue woodruff and cornflowers - for a more robust and earlier display than any sown in spring.
STW 5 and is a fixed herbal combination of a fresh plant extract from bitter candytuft (Iberis amara) and extracts from dried greater celandine herb, angelica root, lemon balm leaves, peppermint leaves, caraway fruit, liquorice root, chamomile flower and milk thistle fruit (Wegener and Wagner 2006).
The flowers put on display included Gypsophila, Gamolepis, Acroclinium, Anchusa, Ageratum, Aster, Alyssum, Antirrhinum, Calendula, Candytuft, Corn Flower, Cineraria, Clarkia, Dianthus, Dimorphotheca, English Daisy, Gazania, and Helichrysum.
1 Make your garden appealing to pest-busting insects PLANT bright flowers such as candytuft, sunflowers and marigolds, to encourage beneficial insects like ladybirds and lacewings.
Candytuft (Iberis) Perennial Candytuft plants grow 8 to 12 inches high and wide; their narrow, shiny dark green leaves look great all year.
People do not grow plants, such as clarkia, candytuft, godetia and Virginia stock nowadays, but they make a splash of colour and sown in succession through the summer are easy to grow.
| Sow hardy annuals like calendula, godetia, larkspur and candytuft outside where you would like them to flower.
For summer flowering plants good plants include asters, buddleias, candytuft, French marigold, heather, hemp agrimonia, ice plant, lavender, lobelia, marjoram, michaelmas daisies, mint, phlox, scabious, thyme, valerian red and white, verbena.
Some Cruciferae ornamentals include Arabis (rockcress), Cherianthus (Erysimum or wallflower), Iberis (candytuft), Lunaria (honesty), and Matthiola (stock).
Start your planting with annual flowers, including pansies, violas, pot marigold (calendula), bachelor's buttons, annual candytuft, carnations, larkspur, linaria (often referred to as baby snapdragons), lobelia, petunia, sweet pea, sweet alyssum, sweet William, stock, pansy, phlox (annual) and snapdragon, which are all frost-resistant plants.
Plant annuals, candytuft, tobacco plants, sweet williams and love-in-amist.