Definition of candytuft in English:

candytuft

noun

  • A European plant with small heads of white, pink, or purple flowers, grown as a garden or rockery plant.

    • ‘Set out transplants of campanula, candytuft, catmint, coreopsis, delphinium, dianthus, foxglove, penstemon, phlox, salvia, and yarrow.’
    • ‘Primula foliage is still as crisp as lettuce, the creeping phlox looks as good as new, and so does the evergreen candytuft.’
    • ‘Fast-growing annuals such as nasturtium, candytuft and pot marigold can still be sown.’
    • ‘Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.’
    • ‘I use perennial alpine pinks, biennial sweet William and self-sowing annual candytuft to edge beds of Jupiter's-beard and June-blooming yarrows such as pale yellow ‘Taygetea’ and ‘Moonshine’.’
    • ‘If perennials like agapanthus, candytuft, coreopsis, daylilies, and penstemon are overgrown or not flowering well, it's time to dig and divide them.’
    • ‘Artemisia ‘Silver Mound,’ hardy geraniums, creeping phlox, coralbells, candytuft and most veronicas work well.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

candytuft

/ˈkandɪtʌft/