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Scarlet Gaura, Scarlet Beeblossum
Oenothera suffrutescens

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Oenothera (ee-no-THEE-ruh) (Info)
Species: suffrutescens (suf-roo-TES-kens) (Info)
Synonym:Gaura bracteata
Synonym:Gaura coccinea
Synonym:Gaura odorata
Synonym:Gaura suffrutescens
Synonym:Schizocarya kunthii

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clarkdale, Arizona

Denver, Colorado

Carrabelle, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Holiday, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Yale, Iowa

Rolla, Kansas

Greensboro, North Carolina

, Saskatchewan

Austin, Texas

Bandera, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Kent, Washington

Moxee, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 4, 2014, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is not in my yard (at this time), but on the other side of the gravel road from us. "Oh, please County, do not mow this! I want to gather some seed first."

The reason for a positive without much experience is hummingbirds like this stuff! I planted Columbine, but they have no interest in that, so I want to have more of what these birds really want. Also in the winter, I saw Juncos eating the seeds. I already have a good spot in mind.

Positive

On May 5, 2012, NextToGone from Bandera, TX wrote:

This plant showed its existence to me this year in Bandera, TX due to the weed eater being broken. It is such a beautiful flower and I have it growing wild with some seedlings appearing. I plan to transplant the seedlings even though pink and white are not my colors.

Neutral

On Oct 1, 2010, Jonella from Pond Eddy, NY wrote:

I am checking "Neutral" here because my experience has been both extremely positive - in that the flower is just lovely - I adore it! - but also negative in that I have never had a gaura plant last through the winter here in upstate New York - zone 5-6.
No matter how well it flourishes in the garden and seems to be well-established, it has never come back for me - so far. I keep trying, though.
I am writing to ask if anyone has any guidance to offer that might help me over-winter this lovely plant. I find it most enchanting and I'm so disappointed in the spring - and summer - when it simply does not reappear!
Many thanks.
Jonella
Sullivan County (80 miles from NYC.)

Positive

On May 17, 2010, RxAngel from Stratford, TX (Zone 6b) wrote:

Another native plant that is going in my wildflower experimental bed. I was so excited to find some today to dig up...and even more pleasantly surprised to find it smells good as well! Follow my blog here on DG to see the progress...

The Lakota Sioux rubbed this plant on their hands to make them sticky to aid in catching horses, and the Navajo used a cold tea made from scarlet gaura to settle children's upset stomachs.