Gypsophila paniculata

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Common Baby's-breath
Gypsophila paniculata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Gypsophila
Species: G. paniculata
Binomial name
Gypsophila paniculata
L.

Gypsophila paniculata is a species of perennial plant, a plant that lives for more than two years. The common name, a name that is in general use, is baby's breath.

Description[change | change source]

The height of the species 2 to 3 feet long and the width of the species is 2 to 3 feet long. The species blooms anytime from April to August. The color of the flowers are white. The plant needs sunlight from the full sun meaning direct sunlight.[1] The species is a herbaceous plant, has leaves and stems that die down at the end of the growing season to the soil level and have no woody stem above the ground.[2]

Habitat[change | change source]

The species is native to Central Europe and Siberia.[3]

Poisonous[change | change source]

The species is poisonous. The poisonous parts of the plant are the flowers and the rest of the plant are poisonous when they are dry. The species can cause eye irritation, sinus irritation meaning in the nasal cavity, or asthma after the plant is repeatedly handled. The plant can also cause minor, a lesser effect, skin irritation that only lasts for a few minutes.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'". Kenter Center for Home Gardening. http://www.mobot.org/gardinghelp/plantfinder/Plant.asp?code=H930. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  2. "Gypsophila paniculata--Perennial Baby's Breath". Michigan State University. http://web1.msue.msu.edu/imp/modzz/00000683.html. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  3. Cox, Jeff (1998). Perennial All Stars. Rodale Press, Inc. pp. 154. ISBN 9780875967806 .
  4. "Gypsophila paniculata". Poisonous Plants of North Carolina. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Gypsopa.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-21.