The Gypsophila Genus (Baby’s Breath)

Part of the Caryophyllaceae or carnation plant family, Gypsophila plants come from many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and grow as a naturalized species in other areas.

One particular country with a lot of diverse species is Turkey. 

These striking plants are known for their petite, delicate-looking white or pink flowers, which appear on tall stems.

At A Glance: What You Should Know About Gypsophila

While Gypsophila, or Baby’s Breath, is grown as an ornamental plant, it’s best known for its role in bouquets and cut flowers, giving a soft look to any arrangement.

The genus name comes from Greek, referring to the way some species love soil with high levels of Gypsum.

The common name is thought to refer to the very delicate appearance of the flowers.

Meaning And Symbolism

Baby’s breath flowers symbolize grace, love, innocence, and purity.

Uses Of Gypsophila

Gypsophila is a favorite of florists, gardeners, and cut flower enthusiasts across the world, and the plant remains in high demand, even as trends shift, these delicate beauties never go out of fashion.

It’s traditionally given as a gift as a corsage, or a buttonhole flower, as well as forming part of wedding decorations and bouquets, which gives you some idea of how special these flowers are.

Gypsophila Growing Guide

Gypsophila may be an annual or perennial, and thrives in USDA zones 3 through to 9.

Gypsophila can reach anywhere from 15cm to 3 feet tall, depending on the variety you choose.

These classic flowers bloom in spring and summer, as long as the plants get full sunlight, and well-draining soil.

It’s a low maintenance plant that doesn’t require much watering, and you’ll get a lot back once this plant is in bloom.

Depending on the type, baby’s breath may grow better in alkaline soil with a high concentration of calcium.

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