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GYPSOPHILA paniculata( FESTIVAL SERIES)
Baby’s breath is the traditional florist’s favorite filler flower. Members of the Festival series have a pleasing compact, erect form and vigorous growth. These herbaceous perennial plants bear tall, airy panicles covered with hundreds of tiny double white flowers, often blushed with pink. Flowers appear from late spring to late summer, When in bloom the effect is cloud-like. Off-season plants maintain an inconspicuous existence as a dense rosette of lance-shaped, blue-green basal foliage.
Baby’s breath is native to central and Eastern Europe, where it thrives on dry, stony slopes, often with chalky soil. So, it grows best in full sun and prefers light, deep alkaline soil. Monitor the soil pH to maintain its alkalinity; if necessary, amend the soil with calcium and magnesium to keep the pH high. During its season of bloom it should be watered regularly. Cut back the faded flower stems before they set seed as plants have a tendency to lightly self-sow.
Baby’s breath is difficult to transplant because it has a deep tap root, so plant it where it won’t be disturbed. Protect its roots from gophers and its tender new leaves from snails and slugs.
Festival baby’s breath looks wonderful in beds and borders or a cottage garden and their flowers are perfect in bouquets, either fresh or dry.
9 - 1
5 - 9
A2, A3, H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Eastern Europe, Asia
White, Light Pink
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border
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