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Plant of the Month

Gypsophila paniculata

 Baby's Breath 'Happy Festival'  PAT

 Baby's Breath is a well-known flower used as a filler in florists' bouquets. The airy, mound-forming panicles of flowers are available in white, pink, or purple-blushed. This is a wonderful flowering perennial for the summer garden and for use in the flower vase.  Baby's Breath is a herbaceous perennial of the Caryophyllaceae family.

Gypsophila paniculata Baby's Breath 'Happy Festival'  PAT

Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Baby's Breath 'Happy Festival'  PAT

Botanical Name:   Gypsophila paniculata

Family:  Caryophyllaceae

Plant Type:  Herbaceous perennial

Origin: Dry soils from the E. Mediterranean to the Caucasus, C. Asia, and N.W. China

Zones: 4 - 10

Height:  24"

Rate of Growth: Moderate

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Requirements:  Moist, well drained, moderately fertile

Water Requirements: Once established, allow to dry out between waterings

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer weekly for best growth and flower production

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Herbaceous, mounding, tap-rooted perennial, spreads to 16in or more across

Leaves:  Linear-lance-shaped, 2-3in long

Flowers: Delicate white, pink or purple-blushed, terminal flowers, blooms spring through summer


Pests or diseases:  Crown gall, bacterial soft rot, crown and stem rot

Uses:  Summer bedding, borders, containers, hanging baskets, cut flowers

Bad Habits: 

Cost:  $ -- Very reasonable

Propagation:  Sow seed in spring, obtain in nursery flats, increase by division

Sources:  A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

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