Invasive Plant

Baby’s breath

Gypsophila paniculata

About This Species

Baby’s breath is a plant that lives 3+ years and is very invasive in BC. When Baby’s breath invades grazing land, it reduces native grasses and forage for grazing animals and wildlife. When it develops seeds and matures, the plant breaks off at the ground and rolls long distances across the landscape with the ability to spread the over 10,000 seeds per plant!

How to Identify

Baby’s breath is a slender, twiggy, perennial. When in bloom, Baby’s breath has prolific, tiny, star-shaped white to light-pink flowers. Leaves are opposite each other, silvery-green and narrow, 2.5-5.0 cm long. It grows 0.4 to 1.2 m tall in a mound shape.

Baby’s breath (Gypsophilia)

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A few non-invasive alternatives to plant instead of Baby’s breath include:

  • Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
  • Hybrid yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Filigran Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  • Hewitt’s double meadow rue (Thalictrum delavayi ‘Hewitt’s Double’)
  • Sea lavender (Limonium latifolium)
  • White flax (Linum perenne ‘Diamond’)

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