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Gypsophila paniculata ‘Compacta Plena’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Gypsophila paniculata ‘Compacta Plena’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zone
Zones A2, A3, 1-10, 14-16, 18-21, 31-45, H1
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Gypsophila paniculata

Baby’s Breath
Caryophyllaceae
Perennials, Flowers

GYPSOPHILA

Slender-stemmed, much-branched plants are upright or spreading, ranging from 3 in. to 4 ft. tall. Bloom is profuse in summer, covering plants in clusters of tiny single or double flowers in white, pink, or rose. Leaves (sparse when plants are in bloom) are typically blue green.

Gypsophila paniculata

Native to central Asia, central and eastern Europe. The classic filler in bouquets. Grows 3 ft. or taller and as broad, with slender, pointed leaves up to 4 in. long. Hundreds of tiny single white flowers are held in sprays. ‘Bristol Fairy’ is an improved, more billowy form to 4 ft. tall, covered with double blossoms 1/4 in. wide. Florists’ favorite is ‘Perfekta’, which bears even larger flowers (to about 1/2 in. wide). These dwarf varieties have double flowers: ‘Compacta Plena’ (1 1/2 ft. high, with white flowers), ‘Pink Fairy’ (1 1/2 ft. high, with pink blooms), and ‘Viette’s Dwarf’ (12–15 in. high, with pink flowers).

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