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Gypsophila 'Compacta Plena'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Baby's Breath

'Compacta Plena' produces dainty white flowers that seem to billow like smoke from the compact plants in early to midsummer. If deadheaded, Gypsophila is likely to rebloom in early fall.

Baby's Breath has long been valued as a filler plant in perennial border gardens and also as a long-lasting cut flower. Its broad habit makes this plant the perfect cover up for dying bulb foliage or for perennials, such as poppies or bleeding hearts, that go dormant in summer. Baby's Breath also makes an excellent dried flower.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18 Inches
Spread:
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Baby's Breath should be grown in full sun 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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Papaver orientalis 'Beauty of Livermore'
Common Name: Poppy-Oriental
3,4,5,6,7
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Leucanthemum superbum 'Aglaia'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Phlox paniculata 'Miss Elie'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Verbascum 'Caribbean Crush'
Common Name: Mullein
5,6,7,8,9
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Iris 'Batik'
Common Name: Iris-Tall Bearded
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Digitalis purpurea 'Pam's Choice'
Common Name: Foxglove-Common
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Caryopteris GRAND BLEU™ (x clandonensis 'Inoveris' PP17837 COPF)
Common Name: Blue Mist Shrub
6,7,8,9
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Delphinium 'Blue Lace'
Common Name: Delphinium
3,4,5,6,7
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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Rosy Glow'
Common Name: Stonecrop
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.