Common Name: gaura
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to October
Bloom Description: White/pink
Sun: Full sun
Suggested Use: Annual, Naturalize
Best grown in sandy, loamy, well-drained soils in full sun. Good drainage is essential. A taprooted plant which tolerates heat, humidity and some drought. Remove spent flower spikes to prolong bloom period. Thin flower stems tend to become leggy and flop, particularly when grown in rich soils, and plants can benefit from close planting or support from adjacent perennials. Plants (particularly those which typically grow tall) may be cut back in late spring by 1/2 to control size. May self-seed if spent flower stems are left in place in the fall.
Gaura lindheimeri, commonly called gaura, is a herbaceous clump-forming perennial that is native to Texas and Louisiana. It grows to as much as 5' tall on stems clad with spoon-shaped to lanceolate leaves (to 3" long). Pinkish buds along wiry, erect, wand-like stems open to white flowers which slowly fade to pink. Flowers appear in long, open, terminal panicles and open only a few at a time. Narrow, lance-shaped, stemless leaves (1-3" long) are occasionally spotted with maroon.
Specific epithet honors Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879), Texas plant collector.
No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot may occur in heavy, poorly drained soils.
Best in wildflower or native plant gardens where they can be allowed to sprawl and naturalize. Effective in sunny borders.