Gypsophila is commonly known as ‘Gyp’, Babies’ Breath, or Million Star. Each stem has hundreds of tiny white flowers on wire-thin branches, giving an airy, soft impression. The flowers have no scent, and wither quickly when allowed to dry out. However, if cared for correctly and kept in fresh water, cut Gypsophila should last a long time.
Gypsophila has been a popular traditional filler flower for many years, although some now see it as old fashioned. Many florists still use Gypsophila in sweet arrangements for new babies, or in romantic bouquets of roses.
The name Gypsophila means ‘lover of chalk’, describing the type of soil the flowering plant likes to grow in. The plant is native to Eastern Europe, and is now grown everywhere in the world – in fields and glasshouses.