Stevens County Noxious Weed Control Board
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Baby’s breath
Gypsophila paniculata L               
Pink Family

Key identifying traits

  • Sweet scented, tiny star-shaped, white flowers composed of 5 sepals and 5 petals
  • Used widely as an ornamental (floral arrangements)
  • Leaves are opposite, lance-shaped and arise at swollen nodes characteristic of the Pink family
  • Fruit is a small capsule containing 2 to 5 seeds
  • Seeds are kidney-shaped and black
  • Plants have many flowering branches growing in a rounded habit; can grow to 3 feet in height
  • Branches and stems are a bluish-green color

Biology and ecology

  • A perennial reproducing from seeds
  • Plants are capable of producing 14,000 seeds
  • Seeds require little or no dormancy to germinate
  • Baby’s breath was introduced as an ornamental from Europe
  • At maturity plants will break and tumble in the wind spreading seeds
  • There are several annual garden varieties
  • Grows in waste areas, roadsides, and pastures-seems to thrive in dry, sandy soils
  • Widely distributed throughout the northern United States and Canada


Prevention – Learn to identify plants; know your property; do not allow ornamentals to escape

Biological – No known biological control

Cultural – Once established will form dense stands that are difficult to control

Mechanical – It will not withstand cultivation; mowing before seed development will help control it but will not kill it

Chemical – The PNW Weed Management Handbook does not list this weed for specific chemical recommendations

bushy plant


stem & leaves

small patch on alley

Where found –
Found scattered throughout Stevens County heaviest concentrations around Kettle Falls and Northport areas

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Last Edit: March 25, 2015

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