Gypsophila is a genus in the Caryophyllaceae family, containing about 100 species of annuals and perennials native to Eurasia, Africa and Australia.
Plants in the Gypsophila genus have lance-shaped leaves and numerous tiny white or pink flowers that typically grow on tall stems. They are often grown for decorative purposes and are commonly used as a cut flower to give a delicate look in arrangements and bouquets.
The scientific name is derived from the Greek words (“gypsum”) and philos (“loving”), alluding to habitat of some species.
The plant is commonly known as Baby’s Breath, probably because of its delicate and soft petals.
Gypsophila is a symbol of purity, innocence and love.
Interesting facts about Gypsophila:
Benefits and Uses
Gypsophila plants are clearly the most popular of all filler flowers and are commonly grown for commercial purposes.
They are often included in wedding flowers, bridal bouquets, corsages and buttonholes for weddings so it’s easy to see why there is such a great demand for them.
The plants have small white or pink flowers.
Gypsophila range in size from 15 cm (6 inches) to 1 m (30 ft) tall.
Gypsophila tolerates any kind of soil, but good drainage is essential. Some species prefer calcium-rich, alkaline soils.