Name: The botanical
name means "lover of chalk" - as this is the sort of soil the plant
likes to grow in. Its popular name, baby's breath, gives an indication of its
delicate airy appearance.|
has many slender branching stems, each bearing many tiny button-shaped flowers
at the ends.
Origin: The plant is native to
Eastern Europe, right across the continent from the Mediterranean to Siberia.
It was first grown in the UK in 1759 and is still grown commercially here, as
well as in Israel and Holland
has a chalky white flower, although cream and pale pink varieties are sometimes
Availability: All year round.
A relative of the equally well known carnation. Newer varieties of gypsophila
such as "Million Stars" are much easier to arrange as they do not become
Care Tips: Keep the water clean and
gypsophila will be very long lasting.
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