Gypsophila paniculata L.

Baby's Breath

Perennial with a woody rootstock. Leaves linear-lanceolate, mostly less than 5 cm long, stalkless. Flowers numerous, extremely small in clusters on fine-stemmed, delicate branches. Sepals and petals 1-2 mm long.

C & E Europe

Widely naturalised, but not in Australia.

A popular plant in perennial borders but more widely known as a florists' flower.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Caryophyllaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'

Flowers double, white.

Raised Cuming, UK, 1928.

Gypsophila paniculata 'Flamingo'

Flowers double, pale pink.

Raised Kayser & Siebert, 1938.

Gypsophila paniculata 'Flore Pleno'

Flowers double, white.

Gypsophila paniculata 'Pink Star'

Flowers double, pink.

Gypsophila paniculata 'Rosy Veil'

Flowers dark pink.

Possibly a hybrid G. paniculata × G. repens 'Rosea' raised K. Foerster, 1933.


Gypsophila paniculata 'Snowflake'

Flowers small, often double, pure white.


kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Caryophyllaceae
genus        Gypsophila L.