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Baby's Breath 'Festival White'

Gypsophila paniculata

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gypsophila (jip-SOF-il-uh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Festival White
Additional cultivar information:(PP8652; aka White Festival)
Hybridized by Dehan
Registered or introduced: 1992



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Arroyo Grande, California

Montgomery Creek, California

Wethersfield, Connecticut

Marshalltown, Iowa

Charlottesville, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 28, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar is seed grown and includes both single- and double-flowered plants. It's smaller than the species, to 18" tall.

Gypsophila paniculata prefers well-drained soils with a pH over 7.0, as the name suggests ("gypsum-loving"). It is highly drought tolerant once established.

It forms thick fleshy roots that don't take well to transplanting once established.

This species has been declared a noxious weed by the states of California and Washington. It has naturalized throughout northern North America.


On Sep 28, 2014, Emerogork from Wethersfield, CT wrote:

I am not so sure about the guidelines about this plant. I planted this in a relatively dry location and totally neglect it. It grows well.

Now that I have to move it, I wonder if I will find another miracle location again....


On Jul 23, 2011, patsdogs from Shawnee, OK wrote:

I grew this for several years in a zone 6A rose garden where it took blazing summer heat and limited water with basically no care at all, not to mention great piles of snow in the winter. It performed remarkably well and was a lovely backdrop for roses and German bearded iris. I'll definitely be planting it in my new Oklahoma zone 7B garden. A wonderful plant for a natural effect.


On Jul 30, 2002, darius from So.App.Mtns.
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

My 'White Festival' actually bears flowers that appear pink rather than white. It blooms again if cut back after the first bloom.