Growing up to 120cm tall on thin but sturdy stems, the flowers are produced in large inflorescences that are either dense or open and are topped with the tiniest of flowers (about 3-10mm in diameter).
Baby’s breath, soap wort, Gyp, Gypsophila
Europe, Asia, North Africa
white or pink
Over 100 species grown both for the cut flower market and as ornamental plant
Seven to ten days with proper care. Dries well
slight floral fragrance
Traditionally Gypsophila was only used as a filler plant giving it a reputation for being over used and rather a cliche. Contemporary designers are now designing with large amounts of these tiny flowers to create light and cloud-like designs. The roots are also valued in the culinary world and it is used to make desserts Turkey.
Plants prefer full sun and well drained soil. Condition the cut flowers in warm water. To encourage the buds to open cover the flowers with a polyethylene sheet to raise the moisture level or place in a humid warm environment such as a bathroom.
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