Invasive Species Alert: Baby’s Breath Taking Over Gardens


Invasive Species Alert: Baby’s Breath Taking Over Gardens

Baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata) is an invasive species that is taking over gardens across the country. This beautiful, white flower is native to Europe and Asia, but has been introduced to many parts of the world, including North America.

What is Baby’s Breath?

Baby’s breath is a perennial plant with small, white flowers. It grows in clumps and can reach up to three feet in height. The flowers are often used in bouquets and other floral arrangements, as well as for dried flower decorations.

Why is it Invasive?

Baby’s breath is an invasive species because it can spread quickly and easily. It can spread through wind, water, and animals, and can even spread through seeds that are transported by humans. The plant can also out-compete native plants for water and nutrients, leading to a decrease in native species.

What Can You Do?

There are several things you can do to help prevent the spread of Baby’s breath:

  • Avoid planting Baby’s breath in your garden.
  • Remove any existing Baby’s breath from your garden.
  • Dispose of any Baby’s breath that has been used in floral arrangements.
  • Avoid buying Baby’s breath for floral arrangements.
  • Educate others about the risks of Baby’s breath.

Invasive species can be a serious problem, and it is important to take steps to prevent their spread. If you have Baby’s breath in your garden, take the necessary steps to remove it and prevent it from spreading.