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Gypsophila

Gypsophila, Baby's Breath; Caryophyllaceae Family. Gypsophila is native to Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Gypsophila grows best in average, somewhat dry, well-drained and slightly alkaline soil. This can be accomplished by adding lime to the soil at the time of planting if the original soil is acidic.

Good drainage is essential to the health of this plant. Division is not recommended as a way to propagate Gypsophila because the large, fleshy roots it produces are easily damaged and should not be disturbed. Plants should be trimmed back in spring rather than fall.

Excellent as a border plant, cut or dried flowers, drought and salt tolerant. Sprays of baby's breath are frequently used as filler in bouquets and floral arrangements; an excellent dried flower. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant.

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