Gypsophila repens

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Gypsophila repens
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Gypsophila
Species: G. repens
Binomial name
Gypsophila repens
  • Gypsophila adscendens Jacq.
  • Gypsophila alpestris Jord. & Fourr.
  • Gypsophila dubia Willd.
  • Gypsophila erectiuscula Jord. & Fourr.
  • Gypsophila sabauda Jord. & Fourr.

Gypsophila repens, known as alpine gypsophila[2] or creeping baby's breath,[3] is a species of flowering plant of the family Caryophyllaceae, native to the mountains of central and southern Europe, where it grows on dry, chalky slopes.[4] The Latin name literally means "creeping chalk-lover".[5] It is a prostrate, mat-forming herbaceous perennial, growing around 20 cm (8 in) tall by 30–50 cm (12–20 in) wide. For much of the summer it bears masses of star-shaped flowers which may be white, lilac or light purple, in loose panicles.[6][4]

In cultivation this plant is often grown in rock gardens or against dry stone walls. Like its relative G. paniculata, it is also used as a cut flower. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[7]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007" (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Gypsophila repens". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  6. ^ "Botanica. The Illustrated AZ of over 10000 garden plants and how to cultivate them", p. 419. Könemann, 2004. ISBN 3-8331-1253-0
  7. ^ "Gypsophila repens AGM". RHS Plant Finder. Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 27 July 2013.