Gypsophila is a genus of flowering plants in the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae. They are native to Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Turkey has a particularly high diversity of Gypsophila taxa, with about 35 endemic species. Some preserved gypsophila are introduced species in other regions. The genus name is from the Greek gypsos ("gypsum" and philios ("loving", a reference to the gypsum-rich substrates on which some species grow.