GYPSOPHILA elegans (Baby's Breath, Carmine) is a species of annual flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae. It is popularly grown for its delicate, cloud-like clusters of small flowers.
Gypsophila elegans is an annual plant that typically grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) and spreads about 1 foot (30 cm) wide. It features slender, branching stems with narrow, gray-green leaves. The plant produces loose panicles of tiny flowers that give it a light and airy appearance.
The flowers of Gypsophila elegans are the highlight of this plant. Each flower has five small, deeply notched petals and is typically pale pink to red. The flowers are numerous and form clusters that create a soft and delicate effect.
Baby's Breath usually blooms in summer, starting in mid to late summer and continuing into early fall. The flowering period can vary depending on the specific growing conditions and climate. While the flowers of Baby's Breath are not particularly known for attracting pollinators, they can still be visited by bees and butterflies. The airy structure of the plant also provides shelter for small beneficial insects in the garden.
Gypsophila elegans thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. Baby's Breath is adaptable to different environments and can withstand drought conditions once established. It is relatively easy to grow from seeds.
Baby's Breath is generally a low-maintenance plant. Regular watering is needed during dry spells, especially when the plant is establishing its roots. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote prolonged blooming and prevent self-seeding, although some gardeners may allow the plant to self-seed to create naturalized areas. The plant may benefit from light pruning to maintain its shape.
Gypsophila elegans, commonly known as Baby's Breath, is an annual plant that adds a delicate and airy touch to gardens, borders, and floral arrangements. With its small, clustered flowers and graceful appearance, it is a popular choice for creating romantic and elegant floral designs. In the garden, it can complement other plants and provide a soft, ethereal atmosphere.
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Scientific Name: Gypsophila Elegans
Common Name: Baby's Breath, Carmine
Plant Type: Annuals
Native Range: Eurasia
Full Growth Height: 8-16 "
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Summer
Flower: Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Red, Dark Pink
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Well-Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Gardening Uses: Floral Bouquets, Informal Gardens, Cottage Gardens