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Gypsophila muralis (Caryophyllaceae)
A hardy annual able to withstand periods of short term drought. Native to Europe, it has naturalized throughout the eastern United States. Flowers are white, forming dense delicate clusters. Prefers full sun in well-drained soils. Baby's Breath cannot tolerate an acid soil. Sow in early spring, seedlings are not winter hardy. Baby's Breath provides many strategic applications within the garden.
Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 1-1 1/2 feet
Germination: 10-20 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 70F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: April-August
Average seeds per pound: 174,000
Seeding rate: 5 lbs. per acre
1 oz Covers: 545 sq. ft.
Suggested use: Waste areas, mixtures, flower gardens.
Miscellaneous: Cut the flowers for arrangements when half the blooms are open to extend vase life. The ice-white blooms provide a brilliant backdrop for other wildflower varieties. Does not transplant well.