is baby’s breath invasive



Is Baby’s Breath Invasive?

Baby’s breath is a popular wedding decoration and is often used in bouquets and other floral arrangements. However, the question has been raised as to whether baby’s breath is invasive.

Background of Baby’s Breath

Baby’s breath (Gypsophila spp.) is a flowering perennial. It has small white flowers, and each stem can bear over 250 flowers. It is an edible plant and has many medicinal uses as well. It is native to Eurasia, parts of Africa and North and South America.

Is Baby’s Breath Invasive?

The short answer is yes, baby’s breath can be invasive in certain areas and can spread quickly if not monitored and managed.

Reasons for being invasive:

    • It reproduces quickly, producing seeds and sending out underground runners (rhizomes).


    • It readily invades grasslands, fields and disturbed areas.


    • It can displace native plants, leading to lower animal diversity and a disruption of a delicate balance.


    • It can alter the chemistry of the soil, making it more acidic.


How to Manage Baby’s Breath

In order to keep baby’s breath from becoming an invasive species, management is key. Here are some steps you can take:

    • Till the soil regularly to discourage spread.


    • Remove dead flower heads and seed heads.


    • Hand-pull seedlings that sprout.


    • Avoid over-watering.


    • Encourage natural predators that feed on baby’s breath.



Baby’s breath can be a beautiful addition to flower arrangements while being mindful of its potentially invasive nature. By taking the necessary steps to manage it, you can enjoy its beauty while also helping to protect the environment.