Baby's Breath

Gypsophila elegans

The beautiful sprays of tiny white flowers on slender stems complement many other flowers in the garden. They make great cut flowers and add lightness to floral arrangements. They are often dried for craft projects, are easy to grow and and require little care.

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Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans

This article provides an overview of Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans, including its appearance, benefits, interesting facts, germination instructions, and additional tips.

What does Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans look like?
  • Small, white flowers
  • Airy, delicate appearance
  • Height of 12-36 inches
  • Spread of 18-24 inches
Why should I plant Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans?
  • Easy to grow
  • Drought tolerant
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Long blooming period
  • Versatile in the garden
Some interesting facts about Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans
  • The scientific name, Gypsophila elegans, means "love of gypsum".
  • The flowers are edible and can be used in salads or desserts.
  • The plant is native to Europe and Asia.
  • The flowers are often used in wedding bouquets and flower arrangements.
  • The plant is also known as "maiden's breath" and "sweet William".
How do I germinate Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans?
  • Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep in well-drained soil.
  • Keep the soil moist but not wet.
  • Seeds will germinate in 1-2 weeks.
  • Transplant seedlings outdoors after the last frost.
Additional Tips
  • Baby's Breath Gypsophila elegans prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
  • The plant is drought tolerant but will appreciate regular watering during the hot summer months.
  • Fertilize the plant every 2-3 weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continued blooming.
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Gypsophila elegans

Data sheet

Water Needs:
Low, Low/Moderate
Full Sun, Full Sun / Partial Shade
Annual grow in all zones, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 2, 11
Growth Cycle:
Soil Type:
Sandy Soil, Peaty Soil, Saline Soil, Chalky Soil, Loamy Soil, Silty Soil, Clay Soil, ALL Tolerant of most soils
f: Up to 2 Feet, g: Up to 3 Feet
Growing Instructions:
Sow directly outdoors in spring after all danger of frost about 1/8" deep when nights are constantly above 55°F, and keep evenly moist until established. Height: 12"-36". Germination: 7-14 days.
Special Features:
Ornamental, Butterfiles and Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Drying and Crafts
Growth Rate:
Fast, Moderate/Fast

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