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Festival Star Baby's Breath
Gypsophila paniculata 'Festival Star'
Festival Star Baby's Breath flowers
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Common Baby's Breath
Provides continuous cut flowers all summer long; dainty little white flowers on airy branches add beautiful, fine texture to the garden or in containers; not fussy and a fast grower so keep an eye on it
Festival Star Baby's Breath features airy plumes of white flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its grassy leaves remain silvery blue in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Festival Star Baby's Breath is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Festival Star Baby's Breath is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Festival Star Baby's Breath will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.