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Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Monday, 28 November 2016
White gaura

Hardy between USDA zones 5 and 10, gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) is a perennial wildflower native to Louisiana and Texas. The drought tolerant gaura is a member of the Evening Primrose family (Onagracaceae) and thrives in hot climates, full sun, and dry but well-drained soils. The rosy pink fading to white flowers, bloom from August to October.

Gaura is also known as Lindheimer's beeblossom, appleblossom grass, white gaura, or pink gaura. The 4-petaled flowers resemble butterflies and grow along the slender flower stems. Growing to a height of about 3 to 5 feet, gaura has an open habit and an overall graceful appearance. Because it forms clumps and can look shrub-like at times. If it starts looking a bit leggy prune it back to about half its size.

Gaura easily naturalizes and can be propagated by cuttings or from seed. Removing the seed pods promotes flowering as well as prevents self-seeding. Several cultivars are available including ‘Whirling Butterflies’ (a more robust plant with white flowers) and ‘Siskiyou Pink’ (pink flowers), and 'Corrie's Gold', which has golden yellow markings on the leaves. Gaura is an excellent choice naturalized in a wildflower meadow or at the back of the perennial border.

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