Gypsophila paniculata

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Gypsophila paniculata

Kingdom Plantae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Gypsophila
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Aden Earth Zone

4 - 9


  • Cultivation: Naturalizing, Easy-To-Grow
  • Light: Sun
  • Soil: Poor, Sand, Rock
  • pH: 7
  • Moisture: Medium, Dry, Well-Drained


  • Form: Groundcover, Herbaceous
  • Habit: Perennial
  • Flower: Small, Floret, White
  • Fruit/Seed: Small
  • Foliage: Leaves, Green
  • Uses: Ornamental


<img src="'s_breath_(Gypsophila_paniculata)_flowers.jpg/220px-Close-up_of_2_baby's_breath_(Gypsophila_paniculata)_flowers.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="Close-up of 2 baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata) flowers.jpg" _fck_mw_width="220" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="Close-up of 2 baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata) flowers.jpg" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" /> <img src="" _fck_mw_filename="Schleierkraut und rote Rose.jpg" _fck_mw_width="220" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="Schleierkraut und rote Rose.jpg" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" /> Gypsophila paniculata, commonly known as Baby's-breath, is a cultivated ornamental garden plant in the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Caryophyllaceae">Caryophyllaceae</a> family, popular in the florist trade (see illustration) to provide a background for more colourful flowers.

Originally from <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Eastern Europe">Eastern Europe</a>, its natural habitat is on the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Steppes">Steppes</a> in dry, sandy and stony places, often on <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Calcareous">Calcareous</a> soils (gypsophila = "chalk-loving"). Specimens of this plant were first sent to <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Linnaeus">Linnaeus</a> from <a _fcknotitle="true" href="St Petersburg">St Petersburg</a> by the Swiss-Russian botanist <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Johann Amman">Johann Amman</a>. It is cultivated in Peru corresponding to a large portion of this country's flowers exports. La floricultura en el Perú: La más alta calidad en Gypsphila


Gypsophila paniculata is now widely distributed in North America. PLANTS Profile - Gypsophila paniculata L. - baby's breath, PLANTS Database, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 6 July 2010. It is classed as an invasive species in places around the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Great Lakes">Great Lakes</a>, such as the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore">Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore</a> Does removal of Baby’s Breath from Lake Michigan sand dunes restore native plant diversity and ecosystem function?, The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 6 July 2010. and the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Chicago">Chicago</a> region, Invasive Plants in the Chicago Region, Chicago Botanic Garden. and in the <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Pacific Northwest">Pacific Northwest</a>. Pacific Northwest Noxious Weed List, Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council. Retrieved 6 July 2010.


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