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Baby's breath

Gypsophila spp.

Also known as


GYPSOPHYLA STRUTHIUM - EMPALOUS - IB-507 (Trincola) by Isidre blanc (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Baby's breath Overview

Gypsophila is a genus of over 150 hardy annuals or perennials, with some semi-evergreen species. Originally from dry, stony slopes, alpine (and other) varieties are popular with gardeners. Well-known in the UK as a cut flower, Gypsophila paniculata is often used by florists. This species - also known as Baby's Breath - produces extensive cloud-like blooms that provide a good backdrop for other blooms. Gypsophila's individual flowers are small, have five petals and are typically white or pink - often resembling fluffy clouds! Its leaves are variable across species. Gypsophila likes a sunny position, prefers a neutral to slightly alkaline soil and generally dislikes being in wet soil during the winter months.

Common problems with Baby's breath

Stem rot may be a problem.

    How to propagate Baby's breath




    Some named cultivars - for home use only.

    Special features of Baby's breath

    Attractive flowers

    Drought resistant

    Other uses of Baby's breath

    Used for flower arrangements. Plant in borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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