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Gypsophila cerastioides (Baby's breath)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Gypsophila cerastioides

Other names

Baby's breath

Genus

Gypsophila Gypsophila

Species

G. cerastioides - G. cerastioides is a dwarf, semi-evergreen perennial. It is a creeping plant, forming tufts of grey-green, hairy leaves. From late spring to early summer, it produces small, pink-flushed, white, trumpet shaped flowers.


Gypsophila cerastioides is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Spreading

Flower

White, Flushed pink in Spring; White, Flushed pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Root cuttings


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Where to grow

Gypsophila cerastioides (Baby's breath) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in free draining soil in a sunny position.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Gypsophila cerastioides

Other names

Baby's breath

Genus

Gypsophila Gypsophila

Species

G. cerastioides - G. cerastioides is a dwarf, semi-evergreen perennial. It is a creeping plant, forming tufts of grey-green, hairy leaves. From late spring to early summer, it produces small, pink-flushed, white, trumpet shaped flowers.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

White, Flushed pink in Spring; White, Flushed pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

General care

Propagation methods

Root cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Gypsophila cerastioides (Baby's breath) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in free draining soil in a sunny position.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Gypsophila cerastioides (Baby's breath)

Common pest name

American serpentine leaf miner; chrysanthemum leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Liriomyza trifolii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest already subject to review at the EU level (2013). Regularly intercepted in the trade.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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