Gypsophila is from the Greek gypsos meaning plaster of Paris and philos meaning lover and refers to the love of limestone soils shown by some species.
A delicate, airy, many branched, perennial, tumbleweed like herb about 1 m round with a profusion of tiny, 5 petal, flowers in summer. The opposite leaves are small and grey-green on long wiry stems. It has a woody rhizome.
Stem leaves -
Sepals - 5 ribbed.
Seed Biology and Germination:
Population Dynamics and Dispersal:
Origin and History:
Prefers full sun.
Prefers slightly alkaline sands.
Weed of disturbed areas, roadsides, coastal areas and freshwater dunes.
Invasive weed of the USA.
Suspected of poisoning stock and reported to contain a saponin.
Remove stock from infestation. Don't feed garden refuse containing Gypsophila to stock.
Management and Control:
Plant trees or shrubs to increase the shade.
Cut the root at least 100 mm below ground level with a shovel then remove the top growth leaving the root in place to monitor for re shooting. Retreat as required.
Burning the top growth with a flame thrower is also used early in the growing season.