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Baby's Breath

Gypsophila paniculata

Also known as

Common Gypsophila, Maiden's Breath, Panicled Baby's Breath, Chalk plant

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Baby's Breath Overview

Commonly used in flower arrangements and bridal bouquets. The delicate, small flowers can be white or pink. It prefers growing in alkaline soils and is very drought and salt tolerant. In some parts of the world, it is considered to be invasive as thousands of seeds can be dispersed from seed pods and lead to extensive overgrowth.

Common problems with Baby's Breath

Plants may be affected by diseases such as botrytis blight, aster yellows virus, crown gall, damping-off and bacterial fasciation. Leafhoppers may also become a problem.

    How to harvest Baby's Breath

    Harvest flowers 4-6 months after sowing.

    How to propagate Baby's Breath


    Sow seeds during spring in seed trays with well-drained, coarse, sandy soil. Germination should take place within 10-18 days. Plant out in permanent position during summer.


    Root grafting can be done in winter. Scions of the stem should be grafted onto root cuttings.


    Special features of Baby's Breath

    Drought resistant

    Taproot can reach deep groundwater during dry periods.

    Attracts useful insects


    Other uses of Baby's Breath

    Cutting bed, dried arrangements, border Summer interest.


    Long lasting vase-life make the soft white clouds of flowers popular in the cut flower industry.


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