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Gypsophila cerastioides

alpine baby's breath

Outstanding Qualities

Although the most recognizable baby's breath, with its big, billowing sprays of flowers, is the one used in the floral industry, this diminutive sibling is compact and mounding, typically under six inches in height. The rounded green leaves are topped by a blanket of tiny white flowers with magenta veins in late spring to early summer.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, green

Great Color Partners: purple, silver, white

Culture Notes

Full sun is the ideal growing condition, although, being an alpine plant, protect from the hot afternoon sun or provide frequent watering in that type of location, otherwise regular to occasional watering is sufficient. The soil should have excellent drainage. This is an excellent plant for a rock or alpine garden. If planted with larger growing perennials, watch to see that they don't grow over or crowd out the alpine baby's breath!

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 4 in. (0.09 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: does best in full sun

Water Requirements: regular or occasional watering