Most people associate Gypsophila, more commonly called “Baby’s Breath” with flower bouquets or arrangements for weddings. It’s for good reason: this summer flower has traditionally symbolized innocence and purity of heart:

Despite its delicate appearance, Gypsophila is actually a hardy plant, able to withstand drought and periods of dry weather. The flowers, usually about 1/2 inch in diameter, are usually white or light pink:

Baby’s breath is also easily preserved, and is often dried for decorative purposes:

Growing Gypsophila: Plants are usually easily propagated from seed, by cuttings, or by root division. Seeds can be sown outdoors in springtime, or indoors in peat pots 2 to 3 weeks before planting. Germination can take up to 10 to 15 days at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Gypsophila thrives in well-drained, lime-rich garden soil.  Plants typically grow quickly, and will bloom about 8 weeks after germination:

Annual baby’s breath can grow into to bushes up to 2 feet tall, and is a great addition to any flower garden!