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Gypsophila repens

creeping gypsophila

G. repens is a semi-evergreen perennial to 15cm in height, forming a mat of narrow foliage, with open panicles of small, starry, white or pale lilac flowers 10mm in width over a long period in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Caryophyllaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C & S Europe

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a deep, light, preferably alkaline, very well-drained soil in full sun. Dislikes winter wet. Good for rock gardens, dry stone walls or scree bed and as a cut flower

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
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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