Gypsophila paniculata

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 Gypsophila paniculata subsp. var.  Babys breath
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Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Features: flowers, invasive, cut flowers, ground cover
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USDA Zones: 4 to 9
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Flower features: red, pink, white
Caryophyllaceae > Gypsophila paniculata var. ,

Gypsophila paniculata, commonly known as Baby's-breath, is a cultivated ornamental flower popular in the florist trade, and originally from Eastern Europe. There are some 55 species of Gypsophila found in Europe, Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. It is cultivated in Peru corresponding to a large portion of this country's flowers exports[1]. It belongs to the family Caryophyllaceae, which includes the common carnation. Its natural habitat is on the steppes in dry, sandy and stony places, often on calcareous soils (gypsophila = "chalk-loving"). Specimens of this plant were first sent to Linnaeus from St Petersburg by the Swiss-Russian botanist Johann Amman.

Several members of the genus have roots which are rich in saponins.[2] The saponins are being researched for their usefulness in treating leukemia and so far the research looks promising.[3]

Gypsophila paniculata is now widely distributed in North America.[4] It is classed as an invasive species in places[5] [6] [7]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Gypsophila paniculata, Linn. Baby's Breath. Diffuse and rather tall-growing (2-3 ft.), forking: lvs. linear-lanceolate, the largest 3 in. long, but becoming smaller toward the infl., sharp-pointed: fls. white, very numerous; pedicels 2-3 times as long as the calyx. Eu.—A very popular plant, especially for use in the trimming of bouquets. A most graceful subject. Sts. stiff and wiry, therefore excellent for cutting. Var. fldre-pleno, Hort., with double fls. has been advertised, out is little known in Amer.In places where the double form is difficult of cult., it is recommended that it be grafted on roots of G. paniculata.

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  2. BoDD (Botanical Dermatology Database) - CARYOPHYLLACEAE
  3. "Baby's Breath flower can boost anti-leukaemia drugs by up to a million times". Retrieved on 2010-05-02.
  4. PLANTS Profile - Gypsophila paniculata L. - baby's breath, PLANTS Database, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  5. Does removal of Baby’s Breath from Lake Michigan sand dunes restore native plant diversity and ecosystem function?, The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  6. Invasive Plants in the Chicago Region, Chicago Botanic Garden.
  7. Pacific Northwest Noxious Weed List, Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council. Retrieved 6 July 2010.

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