• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy' (d)

Baby's breath 'Bristol Fairy'

Baby's breath 'Bristol Fairy'

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Baby's breath 'Bristol Fairy'

  • Genus Gypsophila can be annuals or perennials, sometimes evergreen, with narrow, greyish leaves and large sprays of small flowers

  • Family Caryophyllaceae / Caryophyllaceae

  • Species 'Bristol Fairy' is an herbaceous perennial to 1.2m in height, making a broad mound of slender stems with narrow, grey-green leaves and large, open panicles of pure white double flowers 12mm in width in summer


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a deep, light, preferably alkaline, very well-drained soil in full sun; dislikes winter wet

Propagation Propagate by the specialised root grafting in late winter. Here scions of stem are grafted onto sections of root.

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be affected by a stem rot

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