When thinking of Gypsophila, tall stems covered in tiny white flowers used in flower bouquets come to mind. But that’s just one variety of this interesting and versatile perennial, which is a member of the carnation family.
‘Pretty Maid’, also called the Mouse-eared Gypsophila, is a compact plant which forms a neat mound of glossy mid-green, semi-evergreen oval foliage and trumpet-shaped flowers that look similar to small petunias, about 1cm across between April and June. The blooms are pure white with lovely pink veining and a delightfully sweet fragrance, appearing prolifically and standing out beautifully in contrast to the leaves.
Happy in the ground and particularly attractive growing in pots, ‘Pretty Maid’ will thrive in sun or partial shade in soil that is a little dry as it doesn’t like to grow in overly wet ground. Bees and other pollinators love this pretty Gypsophila, with its flowers being a great source of early nectar as spring gets underway.
Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for planting, reaching a height and spread of 40cm (16in).