baby's breath

Gypsophila cerastioides | Also known as: mouse-ear gypsophila, alpine baby's breath | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Create a garden as fresh as a baby's breath by planting mouse-ear gypsophila

Revitalize your garden by introducing a breath of fresh air in the form of gypsophila cerastioides or baby’s breath. The creeping tendency of this plant in combination with its delightful trumpet-shaped flowers, that are white with pink veins, makes it an attractive option for groundcover. However it also looks casually elegant draped luxuriously in a rock garden or over the sides of a container. Ideally suited to loamy or chalky soil with good drainage, baby’s breath loves full sunlight and will breathe new life into any area in which it is grown.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.05
Spread [m]
  • 0.15
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey or silver
Foliage in summer
  • Grey or silver
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey or silver
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Mat-forming
Environment
Acidity
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years