Baby's Breath Fast Facts
image by USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 72.
Baby's Breath, easily grown in rock gardens, beds and sunny borders, is popular as a cut or dried flower. A European native, Baby's Breath has naturalized throughout the United States, and according the the USDA Plant Database, it is considered a weed in California and Washington. Plant with care in these regions.
Baby's Breath is known botanically as Gypsophila elegans. It is sometimes confused with Galium mollugo or False Baby's Breath, but the two are unrelated.
Dwarf varieties of Baby's Breath range from 12 to 18 inches tall while standard varieties range from 2 to 4 feet. Flowers form in dense clusters.
Baby's Breath has small, white or pale pink flowers with light green foliage. For long-lasting arrangements, cut flowers when half the buds are unopened.
Plant annual Baby's Breath in spring or early summer. To maintain a season-long crop of blooms, spread seed every 2 weeks until mid-summer.
Baby's Breath prefers slightly alakaline soil with a pH range of 7 to 8.5. It prefers full sun.
Hardiness and Range
Grow in moist, well-drained soil in zones 3 through 9. Baby's Breath cannot tolerate acid soil.
- Thrifty Fun: Baby's Breath
- Texas A&M: Growing Baby's Breath
- USDA Plant Database
baby's breath, dried flowers, Gypsophila elegans
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 72.