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  • n. Any of several Eurasian plants of the genus Gypsophila, such as G. paniculata, having numerous small, white flowers in profusely branched panicles. It is especially popular in flower arrangements and bouquets.

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  • n. A genus, Gypsophila, of about 100 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to Europe, Asia and north Africa.

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  • n. tall plant with small lance-shaped leaves and numerous tiny white or pink flowers

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  • I thought it was just a song with a vaguely sinister music video.

    February 10, 2008

  • They are used as "filler" in flower arrangements.

    February 10, 2008

  • Gypsophila (Baby's-breath; Gypsophila) is a genus of about 100 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to Europe, Asia and north Africa. Many species are found on calcium-rich soils, including gypsum, whence the name of the genus. Some species are also sometimes called "baby's breath" or simply, "Gyp", among the floral industry. Its botanical name means "lover of chalk", which is accurate in describing the type of soil in which this plant grows.

    They are herbaceous annual and perennial plants growing to 5-120 cm tall. The leaves are opposite, linear to narrow triangular, often falcate (sickle-shaped), 1-7 cm long and 2-8 mm broad. The flowers are produced in large inflorescences, which may be either dense or open and lax; each flower is small, 3-10 mm diameter, with five white or pink petals.

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    I love the trade name of gypsophila paniculata: Bristol Fairy

    February 10, 2008