Gypsophila: what is it about Baby’s Breath?
Gypsophila – commonly knows as baby’s breath, is a genus of about 100 species of flowering plant that commonly grow on calcium rich soils, including gypsum. Known also as “Gyp” in the floral industry, and so commonly avoided like the plague by brides: it seems to bring to mind those vaporous, jaded wedding bouquets of their elderly aunts.
But many florists love working with this flower – it’s long lasting, pure white heads, and it’s wonderful flexibility in compositions make it a great flower for floral design. Probably when it doesn’t work is when it’s used solely as an accent, or filler. But when you give Gypsophila a lead role, it can make for a stunning wedding design, and help you keep the floral costs under control.
Here’s an example wedding.