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PlantFiles: 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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


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:

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Chillybean 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 NextToGone 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 Jonella 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.
Sullivan County (80 miles from NYC.)

Positive RxAngel 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.


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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