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PlantFiles: Baby's Breath
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)

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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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive monkeymomr On Nov 9, 2011, monkeymomr from San Bernardino, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted this in mid August as part of a wildflower mix and it came up fast and is still blooming great. I love this spread through out my garden to accent the other flowers.

Neutral G_maZ On Apr 25, 2010, G_maZ from Brewster, WA wrote:

This plant grows rampant in Okanogan County WA. The hills and
fields are absolutely covered with them in the summer when they bloom.


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

San Bernardino, California
Davenport, Florida
Fort George G Meade, Maryland
Brewster, Washington

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