- 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
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
Introduction and Spread
- Native to Eastern Europe & 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
Integrated Pest Management Options
- Be conscious when buying flower arrangements.
- Be PlantWise and check wildflower mixes before planting.
- 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.