candytuft, any plant of the genus Iberis of the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; 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 (or Brassicales), family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae).
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