Watch Out: Baby’s Breath Is Becoming an Invasive Species
Baby’s breath (gypsophila paniculata) is a popular flower used in bouquets, centerpieces, and other decorations. It’s been a staple of the floral industry for decades, but it’s also becoming an invasive species in some parts of the world.
What Is An Invasive Species?
An invasive species is a species that is not native to an area, but has the ability to spread rapidly and cause harm to the environment, economy, or human health.
What Makes Baby’s Breath An Invasive Species?
Baby’s breath can spread quickly and easily, as it’s a prolific self-seeder. It can also survive in a wide range of climates, and it can spread easily through wind, water, and even animals.
What Are The Effects Of Baby’s Breath?
The effects of baby’s breath can be far-reaching. It can crowd out native plants, change the soil composition, and even lead to an increase in pests.
How Can We Stop The Spread Of Baby’s Breath?
There are a few steps we can take to stop the spread of baby’s breath:
- Avoid buying or planting baby’s breath.
- Remove any baby’s breath plants from your garden.
- Dispose of baby’s breath plants in the trash, not the compost.
- Check the labels of bouquets and other arrangements to make sure they don’t contain baby’s breath.
Baby’s breath is a beautiful flower, but it’s becoming an invasive species in some parts of the world. To protect our environment, it’s important to take steps to stop the spread of baby’s breath.