Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Gypsophila:
Gypsophila paniculata
baby's breath 
Blooms: June - August
Habit: herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: Introduced from Asia
Distribution: Introduced in the northern half of the United States
Habitat: Noxious weed in eastern Washington and Idaho
Species Description:

General: Glabrous, glaucous perennial, the stems freely-branched, 4-8 dm. tall.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, lanceolate to linear, 2-5 cm. long and under 1 cm. broad, 1-nerved.
Flowers: Flowers small, numerous, in large, diffusely branched, leafy-bracteate inflorescences; pedicels slender, 2-4 times as long as the flowers; calyx top-shaped, shallowly 5-lobed, 2 mm. long; petals 5, white, oblanceolate, slightly longer than the calyx, stamens 10; styles 2.
Fruits: Capsule ovoid, equaling the calyx, 1-celled and 4-valved.
Accepted Name:
Gypsophila paniculata L.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Gypsophila paniculata
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Gypsophila paniculata specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Gypsophila paniculata specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Gypsophila paniculata treatment.

E-Flora BC: Gypsophila paniculata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gypsophila paniculata images.

USDA Plants Database: Gypsophila paniculata.
Additional photographs of Gypsophila paniculata:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Jim Riley

Richard Old

Richard Old

Richard Old

Robert L. Carr, 2009

Robert L. Carr, 2009

Robert L. Carr, 2009
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