Baby's Breath 'Covent Garden'

Gypsophila elegans

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gypsophila (jip-SOF-il-uh) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: Covent Garden



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oak View, California

Denver, Colorado

Cordele, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Aurora, Illinois

Columbus, Indiana

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Atlanta, Michigan

Buffalo, New York

Deposit, New York

Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania

Locust Dale, Virginia

Artondale, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 25, 2004, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Gypsophila Snowfountain, thrives on being cut. Their cut and come again growth works very well. Or you can sow it in succession every two weeks in your garden from the beginning of the season for lots of wonderful white filler in your bouquets. They work very well in large containers.
Easily grown from seed it blooms 6 weeks from the day it was sown. If you're short of space, broadcast seed in the bulb bed and it will do a great job of hiding their faded foliage in summer. Their height is 12- 18".

They are tender flowers and cannot be sown direct in the garden until all danger of frost is past. For an earlier start, seed indoors 4 to 6 weeks ahead.

I put some soil (a 1/2') in a shallow tray, moistened it with a spray bottle, then scattered the seed on t... read more


On Nov 27, 2000, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

Gypsophila elegans is an annual baby's breath. It grows between 1-2' tall and should be spaced 10-13" apart. The soft-looking, airy flowers grow in a mound. The flowers bloom from late spring into the fall. Plant in full sun. In warmer climates, plant in part shade. Taller varieties should be supported so that they keep the mound shape. If cut back after flowers die, they will bloom again. Baby's breath prefers well-drained, slightly alkiline soil, however avoid soil that is too alkiline or moist. Flowers are used in both fresh and dried arrangements. If you want continuous blooms, you can use successive sowing ever 2-3 weeks.
'Covent garden' is white and grows to 1 1/2' tall.