Gypsophila paniculata L.


Gypsophila paniculata is a perennial herb growing up to 3 ft. (0.9 m) tall with a thick, deep, tap root and branched stems.
Leaves are cauline, with bases not clasping. Blades linear-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, larger leaves 0.78-3.5 in.(2-9 cm) in length.
The flowers’ calyx is 0.04-0.12 in. (1-3 mm), lobes glabrous, apex rounded to obtuse. Petals are white or rarely light purplish pink, 0.04-0.16 in. (1-4 mm). Flowering occurs from summer to fall.
Fruit capsules are spherical to oblong and release several seeds. Seeds are black, 0.04-0.08 in. (1-2 mm) long, disc- to bean-shaped.
Ecological Threat
Gypsophila paniculata can be found in fields, roadsides, beaches, other open, sandy, disturbed sites. It is native to Europe and Asia.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Gypsophila
Subject: Gypsophila paniculata L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
babysbreath gypsophila, baby's breath, babysbreath, bachelor's button, perfoliate baby'sbreath


Plants - Forbs/Herbs