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Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaura (GOW-ra) (Info)
Species: lindheimeri (lind-HY-mer-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Siskiyou Pink

Synonym:Oenothera lindheimeri

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24 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
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:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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12 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive flowergirl70 On Nov 17, 2014, flowergirl70 from Stayner, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Have grown this plant successfully in my garden, part-sun/shade, in lean soil, for the last 5 years in zone 5a, in Ontario. We get a good snow cover which probably helps to insulate. The flower keeps going all summer right through until snow covered it up in November. Great performer! Delicate texture.

Positive ogon On Jun 17, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

The flowers and sweeping effect of this plant are very pretty, and the butterflies really do love it. Some wild varieties of Gaura are native to my area, and I have found that "Siskiyou Pink," like the wild form, does best with little summer water. California receives very little to no rainfall for about 5 months out of the year, and native plants have adjusted accordingly. I 've found that when a drip line was too close to "Siskiyou Pink," it grew very flat across the ground and couldn't hold up it's own stems. I moved the drip so that it receives no direct irrigation, and now it's doing great.

Positive 8opetey On May 30, 2011, 8opetey from Bristol, CT wrote:

I found 2 of these plants at Lowes on clearance for $3 in the gallon pots. What struck me is the 2 on clearance had the most beautiful varrigated pink and white flowers. I put them in the ground in full sun and they flowered for months. So far they are ready to come back strong this year, although I did have an aphid problem with them recently. Put them somewhere where they can droop among other plants and blow around in the breeze. The gaura has quickly become one of my favorite plants. (and this year I found another variety of them in bigger pots for the same price at the same store... this year I'll share some with my mother.

Positive pcklz On Apr 10, 2010, pcklz from Oxford, MS wrote:

One of my absolute favorite plants. It softens a flowerbed beautifully and provides a nice contrast to tall straight plants... Responding a little late to the fella below who's having them self-propagate. After three years, mine are doing the same thing which is nice because they're getting a little pricey at the garden (guarda *l*) center. So far I have plenty of homes for the "babies" and if they get invasive, they may turn into a guerilla gardening project ... (Dear neighbors, I SWEAR..... I haven't a clue how they got in your flower beds *l*)

Neutral dirtyshovel On Apr 4, 2009, dirtyshovel from Lake Mary, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Just purchased this at Target garden center. Had never seen before. Will use in large planter with dusty miller. Hope it does well in Central Florida.

Positive reeter On Sep 3, 2008, reeter from Little Rock, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

beautiful plant. i have them on a slope and they bend over gracefully and bloom all summer and fall.

i seem to be the only one who's had the experience of them self-propagating, much to my surprise. in fact, with the white ones, they've even become invasive!

negative: heavy pruning and staking required for them when they get older so as not to fall over and look really messy. really only a problem with the white ones.

Neutral northgrass On Dec 14, 2007, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I tried to grow this plant a few times but it never survived our Northeast winter in zone 5a.

Positive ifiranthezoo On May 13, 2005, ifiranthezoo from Florence, AL wrote:

I have this planted in both full sun and partial shade. It's healty and doing well in both locations, but it seems to bloom much better in the sun. Very dainty pretty plant!

Positive cherishlife On Jul 24, 2004, cherishlife from Pocola, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I got really lucky with this beautiful plant. I bought three of them at Walmart this spring not knowing what they were. I planted them in a spot they LOVE and they are gorgeous! I trimmed them back about a month ago when the blooms tapered off and now they are blooming beautifully again.

Positive FullertonCA On Jun 23, 2004, FullertonCA from Lake Arrowhead, CA wrote:

I love this plant! The more heat, the better it blooms. I have gaura planted in an area without sprinklers, so they only get water from a hose every other week. I think "Siskiyou Pink" is by far the prettiest of the gauras (the white ones tend to get lost among other plants). I also think gaura looks best when several are planted together. Bees seem to love them too!

My only concern is that some of the pinks appear to revert to white. I cut off the white blooms before they seed.

By the end of a LONG bloom-filled summer, the plants can look a little ratty. That's when I cut them back hard for a rest, and then watch the plants bounce back better than ever.

Although I usually find gaura at small nurseries, the big home stores never seem to carry it. But, I always ask Home Depot and Lowes to stock it. I'm sure that many gardeners would very much enjoy gaura, if they could reliably find it at these plant centers.

I recently found and planted a variegated gaura with pink blooms.

Positive jjergins On May 28, 2004, jjergins from Abilene, TX (Zone 7a) wrote:

Stands up to intense heat and blooms all summer and fall in West Texas.

Positive docaly On Apr 20, 2004, docaly from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

This wonderful drought-tolerant plant is also known as "Whirling Butterfly" as is evidenced when the winds blow, twirling the flowers so that they look like fluttering butterflies. Spectacular and a real eye-catcher. Bees and butterflies benefit from it, too!

They are now found in most home improvement center garden areas, as surprisingly, many FL nurseries don't carry them. Very hardy -- I planted mine in late January in Zone 9 and they are continually full of blooms. Likes full sun and establishes very quickly.

One caution: may be prone to aphids. Due to major infestation and ladybugs not yet available; homeopathic methods not being strong enough, was forced to treat with Bayer's systemic insect control which quickly solved that problem, thereby saving the plant. Not catching and resolving this problem quickly results in rapid plant decimation.

Positive htop On Apr 19, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

(San Antonio, Tx.)
This clump forming perennial has foliage turns several different colors throughtout the year. At the beginning of spring, they are a maroon. The new leaves then turn green, then green with maroon edges and mottling. The blooms appear on racemes and they open a few at a time ensuring blooms over a long period of time. The deep maroon buds provide attractiveness even when no blooms are open. Be sure to plant them in well drained soil because sogginess will kill the plant. Trim back the plant in midsummer to keep the plant compact and encourage more blooms. Deadhead spent blooms also. Although it is stated above that the plant can be propagated by dividing the rootball, this is difficult to do because it has a taproot. It does not like to be moved. Severe injury to the taproot may kill the plant. It can be propagated by softwood or basal cuttings in the spring or by planting seeds.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant bloomed for 6 solid months in my garden. Wonderful.

Neutral Baa On Jul 23, 2002, Baa wrote:

This cultivar originates from the Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery in Oregon, USA.

It has rose pink flowers and dark green leaves with red veining. A very pretty cultivar which seems to have a neater habit than the species.

Deadhead to prolong flowering.


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

Wetumpka, Alabama
Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Little Rock, Arkansas
Chico, California
Fullerton, California
Martinez, California
Merced, California
Oakley, California
Oildale, California
Paradise, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Bristol, Connecticut
Stamford, Connecticut
Deland, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Sumterville, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia (2 reports)
Decatur, Georgia
Orland Park, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Youngsville, Louisiana
Ferndale, Michigan
Florence, Mississippi
Oxford, Mississippi
Belton, Missouri
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Columbia Station, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Pocola, Oklahoma
Ashland, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Springfield, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Alice, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Kingsland, Texas
Longview, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Midland, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
North Richland Hills, Texas
Portland, Texas
Rio Hondo, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Angelo, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Kaysville, Utah
Ogden, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tremonton, Utah
, Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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