Gypsophila paniculata

Gypsophila paniculata_C093-02
Photo: UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: baby's breath

Gypsophila paniculata (baby’s breath) is a perennial herb (family Caryophyllaceae) with white flowers and thin narrow leaves found in the Sierra Nevada, coastal, northern and desert ranges of California. It is native to central and eastern Europe. It favors grasslands and dunes. It reproduces via multitudes of seeds which are dispersed by wind.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: B?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

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Other Gypsophila paniculata Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Gypsophila paniculata_leaves and stem_copyright2001_FredHrusa(CDFA)
    Gypsophila paniculata (baby's breath) leaves and stem. Photo: &#169 2001 Fred Hrusa, CDFA
    Gypsophila paniculata_flowers_copyright2001_FredHrusa(CDFA)
    Gypsophila paniculata (baby's breath) flowers. Photo: &#169 2001 Fred Hrusa, CDFA
    Gypsophila paniculata_growth habit_copyright2001_FredHrusa(CDFA)
    Gypsophila paniculata (baby's breath) growth habit. Photo: &#169 2001 Fred Hrusa, CDFA
    Gypsophila paniculata_infestation_copyright_DeanKelch(CDFA)
    Gypsophila paniculata (baby's breath) infestation. Photo: &#169 Dean Kelch, CDFA