- Herbaceous perennial
- Delicate blossoms of white and sometimes pink, with bushy stalks
- Opposite branching pattern, can grow up to 1m tall
- Establishes in well-drained soils, like sand or gravel
Introduction and spread
- Native to Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It’s likely that it was introduced as an ornamental plant
- Produces an enormous amount of seeds and while tumbling in the wind, disperses them
- Used ornamentally in flower arrangements, allowing seeds to spread
- Deep root system over-stabilizes the soil and out-competes native species
Consequences of invasion
- When mixed with hay, the protein value of the crop diminishes, therefore less valuable to livestock or wildlife.
- Outcompetes native and introduced grasses
Status in the CKISS region
- Baby’s breath is present in limited distribution in some parts of the CKISS region.
- It is currently classified as Eradicate/Annual Control on the CKISS Annual Priority List.
- There are a few Invasive Plant Management Areas (IPMAs) where this species has not been found. It is classified as Regional EDRR for those IPMAs.
- CKISS is taking steps to monitor and manage this species.
- To learn more about how CKISS classifies and manages invasive species, see our Invasive Species Priority Lists page.
Integrated pest management options
- Be conscious when buying flower arrangements.
- Be PlantWise and check wildflower mixes before planting. Use the Grow Me Instead on line resource to choose non-invasive plants for your garden.
- Clean equipment and gear before leaving an infested site.
- Dispose invasive species properly at designated disposal sites.
- Mow to reduce seed production, although not always effective with Baby’s breath.
- Baby’s breath is hard to pull due to it’s deep taproot system, cut the root below the ground surface to prevent re-sprouting.
- No biocontrol currently available in BC.
- Non-specific chemical control is available, in accordance with herbicide labeling details, consult a professional.