Beware of Baby’s Breath: The Invasive Flower Taking Over Your Garden


When we think of flowers, we often imagine beautiful blooms that enhance the visual appeal of our gardens. Among the many flowers that we use for garden decoration is the Baby’s Breath, a beautiful, delicate flower that we often use as filler in romantic bouquets.

The Problem with Baby’s Breath

However beautiful and delicate the baby’s breath appears, it is, unfortunately, an invasive plant that can take over your garden, killing off other plants in the process. Despite its tiny size and slow growth rate, it can overtake a garden and cause a severe problem that needs immediate attention.

Originating from eastern Europe, Baby’s Breath also goes by the name of Gypsophila Paniculata. This invasive flower produces long, endearing stems with small white or pink flowers. These flowers can generate thousands of seeds each season, and with every individual plant sending out multiple branches and roots, it is clear that the problem can quickly spiral out of control.

Not only that, but Baby’s Breath absorbs essential nutrients and water from the soil, leaving nothing but a barren wasteland of soil that can’t grow much else. Over time, this can quickly change the entire ecosystem of your garden.

Controlling Baby’s Breath

The good news is that with proper and immediate attention, you can keep the baby’s breath under control. Manual removal is the most common control method, and it involves pulling the plants from the roots as soon as they appear. It can be a challenging process but can reduce the chances of the plant spreading.

For more extensive outbreaks or when hand-pulling is impractical, chemical control is necessary. Using herbicides such as Glyphosate or Triclopyr is effective when applied according to the label instructions. However, this approach can harm other plants, so cautious and careful usage of the chemicals is crucial.

Alternative to Baby’s Breath

As we lead the way in being good stewards of the environment, we want to consider alternatives to the invasive Baby’s Breath. Native plants such as Black-eyed Susan, Honeysuckle, and Virginia Dayflower are excellent substitutes. These plants will not overtake your garden and will have less of an impact on the soil and other plants.

Another way to approach this issue is to choose complementary plants such as Lavender, Peonies, and Dahlia. These flowers will stand tall in your garden and complement the Baby’s Breath when used as fillers. Remember to avoid invasive plants like English Ivy or Boston ivy.


Gardening is a pleasurable and therapeutic activity that most of us enjoy. However, like most things, it requires a level of maintenance to keep it healthy and thriving. With Baby’s Breath continuing to be a growing problem facing gardeners, it’s essential to know how to keep your garden healthy and free of invasive plants. Choose non-invasive plants or alternatives like those mentioned above and keep your garden lush and beautiful.