GAURA lindheimeri (Gaura) is a perennial flowering plant native to North America. It belongs to the Onagraceae family and is known for its delicate, airy appearance and long-lasting blooms.
Gaura is a clump-forming perennial that typically grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm) and spreads about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) wide. It has slender, wiry stems that hold small, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are usually green but can have a slight reddish or bronze tinge. The plant has a graceful, bushy habit, and its stems often sway in the breeze.
The flowers of Gaura lindheimeri are the highlight of this plant. They are delicate and typically have four petals arranged in a butterfly-like shape. The flowers can be white, pink, or a combination of both, with various shades and patterns. They are borne on long, arching stems and have a wispy, airy appearance.
Gaura produces flowers from late spring to fall, providing an extended period of bloom. The individual flowers open in succession along the stems, creating a continuous display of color. The plant's ability to bloom for an extended period makes it a valuable addition to gardens and landscapes. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, making them beneficial for supporting pollination and encouraging biodiversity in the garden.
Gaura thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. Gaura is known for its drought tolerance once established, but it appreciates regular watering during dry spells, especially in hotter climates. It is generally hardy and can withstand a variety of environmental conditions.
Gaura is a relatively low-maintenance plant. Deadheading spent flowers can help prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding. However, allowing some seed heads to mature can allow the plant to self-seed, creating naturalized areas or providing a source of new plants. Pruning back the plant in late winter or early spring helps promote compact growth and encourages fresh foliage and blooming.
Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) is a charming perennial plant that adds a touch of grace and beauty to gardens and landscapes. With its delicate, fluttering flowers and attractive foliage, it creates a lovely display throughout the blooming season. Additionally, its ability to attract pollinators adds to its appeal for wildlife enthusiasts and those looking to create a pollinator-friendly garden.
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Scientific Name: GAURA Lindheimeri
Common Name: Gaura , Lindheimer's Beeblossom
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: Louisiana, Texas
Zones: 5 to 9
Full Growth Height: 2-4 ft
Width in Across: 2-3 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late) Fall
Flower: Showy, 4 Butterfly like Petals
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rabbit
Water Requirement: Dry, Medium
Soil Type: Well-Drained, Sand, Loam, Chalk
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Gardening Uses: Patio and Containers, Coastal Gardens, Mediterranean Garden