Gypsophilia - Growing Guide

Growing Gypsophilia paniculata

Baby’s breath

Gypsophila paniculata is native to central and eastern Europe where it grows as a tap rooted herbaceous perennial with branching stems forming a mound of lance shaped leaves. In mid and late summer it produces loose many flowered panicles of shallow trumpet-shaped white flowers in mounds which can be 12-18in across and up to 4ft in overall height.

A plant capable of producing this sort of stunning effect when in flower has a key and obvious place in many herbaceous borders. It is a completely hardy plant which needs cutting back to ground level not long after flowering has finished. It grows best in full sun in well drained soil and dislikes waterlogged soil and winter wet where root rot can then be a problem.

G. paniculata ‘Flamingo’ has larger double pale pink flowers and is slightly smaller in overall flowering height growing to only around 3ft with a similar spread.

G. paniculata ‘Snowflake’ has double pure white flowers and also grows to around 3ft overall.

Propagation of these plants is easiest from root cuttings taken in late summer.


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