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GYPSOPHILA repens

Image of Gypsophila repens

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

GYPSOPHILA repens

Plant Common Name

Creeping Baby's Breath

General Description

A low spreading perennial whose carpets of blue-green, grass-like foliage look wonderful cascading over walls, this European native bears masses of small white to lavender blooms from late spring into summer. Commonly available cultivars include 'Alba' and 'Rosea', with white and pink blooms.

Creeping baby’s breath likes sun and well-drained, alkaline soil, and tolerates heat. This little beauty is perfect for rock gardens and walls, border edges, and small-scale groundcovers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm (6)

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm (18)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No