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GYPSOPHILA paniculata 'White Festival'

Image of Gypsophila paniculata 'White Festival' (FESTIVAL SERIES) PP8652

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

GYPSOPHILA paniculata 'White Festival'( FESTIVAL SERIES) PP8652

Plant Common Name

Baby's Breath

General Description

Baby’s breath is the traditional florist’s favorite filler flower; the Festival Series is the new, improved form. Festival White Baby’s breath is an herbaceous perennial plant bearing airy panicles covered with hundreds of semi-double white flowers from mid spring to mid summer. When Festival White blooms, the effect is cloud-like; off-season it maintains 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 to promote reblooming in the fall and to manage “volunteer” seedlings. The more you cut Festival White Baby’s breath, the more it will flower. 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 White Baby’s Breath is wonderful when grown in containers or hanging baskets. In beds and borders or a cottage garden, baby’s breath adds an airy puff of delicate color and is perfect in bouquets, either fresh or dry.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes