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Gaura lindheimeri

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

Synonym:Oenothera lindheimeri

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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:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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10 positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lotone67 On Jul 3, 2012, lotone67 from Reno, TX wrote:

Bought two from our local nursery here in Azle, Tx. The first year they were scraggly and unimpressive. They died to the ground in winter and came back with flying colors (or should I say whirling butterflies) this spring and look fantastic. The wife and I love them. Very low maintenance. I watered them regularly for the first couple of months to help them get established and haven't had to baby them since. Great drought tolerant plant for North Texas.

Positive lehua_mc On Oct 9, 2010, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I started seeds of Gaura (Butterfly Gaura) from Botanical Interests in May, a little bit of a late start given that they recommend fall or spring last frost sowings. Three of 5 germinated, and in garden soil they grew well enough to send up a couple sprays of flowers each. They are still lanky this year, but will fill out nicely next season. I've planted them behind some small showy sedums to help keep them from crashing down into the mud with our late season rains.

Positive 484848 On Feb 12, 2010, 484848 from Binningup
Australia wrote:

This looks beautiful and is easy to grow in Perth WA and sourounds! It looks really lovely framing agapanthas.

Positive trioadastra On May 18, 2008, trioadastra from Ellsworth, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

Love this plant! It's light and airy and goes great with large leaved companions. Although it's hardy to zone 6, I have had mine come back consistently in zone 4 w/ no cover, and it even made some volunteers.

Positive pyranha On Apr 28, 2007, pyranha from Lake in the Hills, IL wrote:

With some trial and error, I found that planting it up against the foundation on the south and west side of house it will survive hardiness zone 5a (McHenry Co. IL). Starting out at quart size did best. For the last 4 years it has come back fuller each year, grows at least 3 ft. wands and blooms until a freeze. Away from the foundation it was more like an annual. Beautiful plant, not invasive/ never reseeds here. Low maintenance, cut back after freeze, put and inch or two of mulch on top and forget about it- new growth in spring grows through it. Did well during drought also.

Positive diana_s On May 20, 2006, diana_s from Milton, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Constant bloomer until forst--small flowers but makes a good filler for the butterfly/hummer garden.

Positive parkerpt On Mar 4, 2006, parkerpt from Amarillo, TX wrote:

I bought two Guara late in the Fall of 2004 and thought they would fail overwintering. Instead, they have flourished in well-mulched, fast draining soil (clay!!) and each plant grew to 2+ feet in the first growing season and bloomed profusely. They are each near a south facing brick wall. They seem to love the heat. On March 15, 2005, they were buried under 8 inches of snow and didn't seem to mind. And again on May 2nd (seriously) they were under a few inches of snow and didn't seem the least bit affected.

Neutral jdiaz On Feb 24, 2006, jdiaz from Chowchilla, CA wrote:

nice in mass plantings. does not mind root disturbance at all and it is very easy to propagate. when i moved my gaura, i stuck the shovel right through the thick tap root and placed it in its new home, covered it with a little dirt and then watered it a little. it quickly recovered and in about 4 months, was covered in blooms.

to propagate, take thick base cuttings and place them in water. they should begin to root within a few weeks.


Neutral Purple_Pansies On Jul 11, 2005, Purple_Pansies from Lincroft, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I wouldn't give this plant a negative because its not that bad. But I wouldn't give it a positive. This is a fairly unimpressive plant with sparse small flowers. Better for a wild flower garden than a garden where flowers/plants should be showstoppers. :)

Positive Ladyfern On May 21, 2005, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Graceful and winsome. Plant this up close to the path since it is a "see-through" plant.
Requires excellent drainage or will rot over winter. Self-seeds a little if not deadheaded. Resents root disturbance and never needs dividing.

Neutral pokerboy On Aug 18, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

A shrubby perennial plant that thrives in a sunny spot. This plant can thrive for years with very, very little attention. Plants bloom in summer. Heat and humidity tolerant.

Neutral angelam On Apr 9, 2004, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

I was positive about this plant in its early years, but have found they 'migrate' in the garden bed by their roots and as the plants age they have less flowers and become harder to remove. I have some that have got under some paving and have to date beaten my attempts to get rid of them.

Positive ranch45 On Apr 22, 2003, ranch45 from Interlachen, FL wrote:

I purchased 2 of these plants for a "dead spot" in my garden bed, where it would receive afternoon sun. They are doing absolutely wonderful - filled with blooms.

My granddaughter likes to look at (and pick) my flowers, so I always try to have something new when she comes to visit. Easter weekend was her first visit of the year and I showed her my "butterfly" plant. Her response was, "Mama, you're right! If you turn the flower this way, it does look like a butterfly!!" What a great way to enjoy this plant and your grandchildren all at the same time!!!

Positive luvsflowers On Apr 21, 2003, luvsflowers from Irving, TX wrote:

I have 3 Gauras each in a 3-gallon urn. This is their 2nd year to bloom and they look fabulous. I left the urns out all winter, even through a couple of ice storms. I only watered them about once each month from December to February. The foliage came back in March and they have been blooming for about a week now (mid-April).

Neutral Floridian On Dec 27, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

A North American wildflower that will bloom from early summer into fall. This graceful, bushy plant is very drought and heat tolerant. It prefers full sun and well drained soil. A pruning in mid-summer will keep the Guara from getting leggy and floppy while encouraging more blooms. Blooming will continue if old flower spikes are removed. It will grow to a height of 2-4 ft. and a spread of 2-3ft. Butterflies are attracted to these plants.


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

Wetumpka, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Chowchilla, California
Clayton, California
Eureka, California
Fremont, California
Irvine, California
Martinez, California
Merced, California
Palm Springs, California
Santa Ana, California
Grand Junction, Colorado
Beverly Hills, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Interlachen, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Milton, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Cumming, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Rincon, Georgia
Winterville, Georgia
Garden City, Idaho
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Houma, Louisiana
Edgewater, Maryland
Manton, Michigan
Jersey City, New Jersey
Verona, New Jersey
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Silver City, New Mexico
Bridgeton, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Columbia Station, Ohio
Central Point, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Abington, Pennsylvania
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Johns Island, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Amarillo, Texas
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Azle, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Crawford, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Irving, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Paris, Texas
Portland, Texas
Richardson, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Charlottesville, Virginia
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Staunton, Virginia
Suffolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Lyle, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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