Baby’s Breath Gypsophila paniculata B…

July 15, 2007

Mauve clouds of Baby’s Breath cover the foothills along the path that circles St. Andrews. The pungent fragrance of the wild flowers filled the early evening air. The last rays of a spectacular sunset highlight the skyscrapers in Calgary’s city centre. We chatted with a family from Edmonton via Barbados who love Alberta.

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata) an ornamental perennial introduced from Europe in the late 1800’s is considered by some to be an invasive plant since it spreads so easily, blown about by the wind like tumbleweeds. “It is now widespread across Canada and the northern United States. The Fort MacLeod area has large patches infesting fields and pastures, and the Crowsnest Pass also has a few patches. (www.invasiveplants.ab.ca)”

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