Gypsophila: description and use

There Gypsophila is a plant of Asian origin. It can also be called gypsophila or gissola and is used to cover the rocky areas of gardens. We may not even have heard it because it is not very well known even if in the language of flowers we can find the variety Gypsophila Paniculata, also called bridal veil, which is known as a symbol of delicacy and grace. Let's get to know this plant better and learn how we can also grow it in our garden, if we live in an area with a climate suitable for the species.

Gypsophila: description

Better known as "Plaster flower", this plant belongs to the family of Caryophyllaceae. It arrives to Europe from Asia, and is usually grown as an annual, with the aim of seeing it bloom from late spring until the end of summer.

There Gypsophila it has particularly long and at the same time thin stems, from which many branches point upwards, so much so that the entire plant reaches a height of one meter.

Such as in the gypsofila repens, the leaves of this plant have a lanceolate and thin shape, they sprout symmetrically with respect to the stems becoming smaller and smaller as you go towards the top. They are of a very particular green color, which turns towards silver. There Gypsophila it also produces splendid flowers that can make a great impression only if in a group. They are flowers that, whether simple or double, remain really tiny. They have a spherical shape and in most cases are white, sometimes even pink. They form a large cloud of colored dots that looks like light embroidery, which is why some varieties of this plant are called the bride's veil.

Gypsophila: use

Given its particular shape and the white veil effect that is created, this plant can be used very often when creating compositions of beautiful floral packages. For a bridal bouquet but not only that, also to decorate the tables of wedding banquets and the altar of churches. If desired, it can also be grown in the garden, as a simple shrub, the important thing is not to eat either the flowers or the stem because they are both toxic and cause serious irritation of the intestinal tract if they are ingested.

Gypsophila: cultivation

The best location for this plant of Asian origin it is the one where it can get a lot of sun and at the same time the one where it is sheltered from the coldest currents. The soil is better if it is calcareous and well drained but fertilization must still be carried out, in spring, with a complex fertilizer specific for flowering plants, even the slow-release granular one. It is not necessary to water this plant a lot, the important thing is to check that the soil is never dry and that the drought period does not last too long. There Gypsophila resists but not for abnormal durations.

For the reproduction of the gypsophila seeds are used but the division of the rhizomes can also work while the sowing can be carried out both in the open ground and in the seedbed. In the first case it is absolutely necessary to wait for late spring while with the seedbed even in February you can already act. When planting rhizomes it is necessary to respect some good neighborly rules such as leaving 1- 2 centimeters of the rhizome out of the ground when planting it, preferably in a vertical position by digging holes about 5 cm deep.

Gypsophila: disease

This type of plant, not too pretentious in terms of care, can risk getting sick especially of root rot in particular when it is kept in too humid and poorly drained soil.

In general we are not dealing with a plant that comes often attacked by parasites. It is rustic and resists well but aphids can damage it if they attack. There are remedies and treatments to try to defend it and to counter this problem there it is found on the market very easily, but you can also decide to prepare a homemade remedy, based on water, in which to boil garlic, to be sprayed on the affected plants.

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