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Common baby's breath
Photo credit: Nicole Kimmel, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Common Name: Common Baby's Breath

Scientific Name: Gypsophila paniculata

Habitat: roadsides, disturbed areas

Provincial Designation: Noxious

Noxious weeds are plant species that are designated as "noxious weeds" in the Alberta weed regulation. Noxious weeds must be controlled, meaning their growth or spread needs to be prevented.


Common baby's breath is native to Eastern Europe and Western Asia and was most likely introduced to North America as an ornamental in the 1800s.

Legislated Because

Common baby's breath has escaped cultivation sites and invaded pastures and rangeland where it alters habitats and reduces native biodiversity.


This weed has small white flowers that are only 3-8 mm wide.

The linear to narrow lance-shaped leaves are oppositely arranged along the stem. They are 2-10 mm wide, grey-green in colour and covered with a white powdery film.

Common baby's breath is highly branched from the base of the plant giving it a bush-like appearance. It grows up to 1 m tall.

Learn more about this species:

See Fact Sheets - Alberta Invasive Species Council

For More Information

Weed Management


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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