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GYPSOPHILA paniculata 'White Festival'( FESTIVAL SERIES) PP8652
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.
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
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Europe, Eastern Europe, Mediterranean
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
White, Light Pink
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border
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