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Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'

Baby's breath

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (21350)

Plant details

A neat rosette forms at the base of the plant, and the flowers grow in light, airy, almost leafless sprays, the wiry stems winding in between neighbouring flowers. The flowers appear in early midsummer and, unless cut, remain on the plants throughout summer and dry out naturally to make just as much impact as when they first open. Plants are tap-rooted and do not move once established - however, clumps are not invasive, so there is no need to try and divide them. Plants can be short lived, especially if drainage is not extremely sharp. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Gypsophila

Species: paniculata

Cultivar: Bristol Fairy

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: June to August

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