Baby’s Breath

Gypsophila paniculata

Family (Caryophyllaceae)
Bloom Summer
Habitat Dunes, fields, roadsides
Status Non-Native INVASIVE
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-16″
Flower Flowers are tiny white 5-parted 1/8″ wide forming branched clusters.
Leaf Leaves are lance-shaped 1-3″ long.
Notes Baby’s breath escaped from gardens and is considered an invasive species. There are programs in the park to remove it in the critical dune areas. While the plant looks delicate, it has a very large taproot that can grow to over 6′. Baby’s breath over-stabilizes the dunes preventing the natural movement of the sand and chokes out the native dune grasses.

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