Baby’s Breath (Fremont County Declared Noxious Weed)

Baby’s Breath (Fremont County declared weed)

  • Gypsopilia paniculata
  • Caryophyllaceae(Pink family)

Baby’s breath is an ornamental species that was introduced from Europe and escaped cultivation.
Once established it forms dense stands and is difficult to control.

Growth Habit: Bushy perennial with widely branching stems to 3 feet in height.

Leaves: Paired leaves up to 4 inches long with sharp points.

Flower: Five-lobed calyx, small white petals. Flowers June to August.

Seeds: Fruit produces small capsule, containing two to five small seeds, each with a finely pebbled surface.

Other: Often used in floral arrangements.

Status: County Declared Noxious Weed, Category 2. Localized, no tolerance of new infestations and aggressive
control on all known infestations.

Control: Hand-pulling or digging is effective but difficult because of the plant’s large taproot. Herbicides are effective. FCWP offers a 40 percent Cost Share on chemicals for controlling this species. Contact your local weed and pest
office for further treatment recommendations.

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