Baby’s Breath Meaning and Symbol

December 1, 2011 | Flower Meanings And Symbolism

Tiny, cute and clean – that’s the best adjectives to describe baby’s breath. Baby’s breath (also known as Gypsophila in botany) is a genus with about 100 species from the family Caryophyllaceae. This flower is called “baby’s breath” in Canada and the United States and “soap wort” in the United Kingdom. Aside from these mentioned countries, this flower is known for its botanical name Gypsophila. This flower is native in Asia, Europe and the North African regions. This flower mostly grows in calcium-rich soil that includes gypsum. This flower is also a herbaceous type (means its leaves and stems die after its blooming season) and blooms both annually and biennially.


Baby’s breath’s overall looks have become the basis for the Victorian language of flowers for this flower’s meaning. Baby’s breath meaning and symbolism has been associated with innocence and purity of the heart – representing the flower’s clean and white color. Baby’s breath is normally seen in cluster of flowers that are very delicate because of its tiny petals.  This flower is commonly used as bouquet fillers, center table arrangements and ornamental flowers in gardens. Baby’s breath meaning has been used even in the ancient times by painters to convey hidden messages of purity and innocence within their artworks.

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