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Gypsophila paniculata is often confused with:
Gypsophila elegans Gypsophila elegans
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Armeria maritima Armeria maritima
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis
Lantana camara Lantana camara flower

Gypsophila paniculata

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
jip-so-FEE-lah pan-ik-yoo-LAH-tah
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This perennial form of Baby's Breath is cultivated as a garden ornamental or used by florists for fillers in bouquets, particularly with roses. It flowers from summer to fall and can be found in fields, roadsides, beaches, and other open, sandy areas in soils that are not strongly acidic. In parts of central and western America, it may be considered a weed as it is widespread in hayfields and pastures. It is classified as a noxious weed in California and Washington.

With double-flowered cultivars which have been grafted onto single-flowered rootstocks, care must be taken to avoid cutting the plant back below the graft union. Baby's Breath should be left undisturbed in the garden to avoid damage to the large, fleshy roots.

All parts of this plant are poisonous when dried and may cause allergic asthma and contact dermatitis, but skin irritation is minor and may last only a few minutes.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#summer#drought tolerant#perennial#salt tolerant#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'
Tags:
#white#pink#sun#summer#drought tolerant#perennial#salt tolerant#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gypsophila
    Species:
    paniculata
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Seed
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    many small flowers, sometimes double-flowered
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    may be erect or sprawling, much-branched at or near crown
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Eyes, nose, and sinus irritation and asthma after repeated handling; skin irritation after contact
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Saponin?
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Stems