Gaura, Wandflower, Appleblossom Grass 'Star Pink'


Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaura (GOW-ra) (Info)
Cultivar: Star Pink
Additional cultivar information:(Karalee series, aka Karalee Petite Pink)



Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Orange Beach, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Booneville, Arkansas

Beaumont, California

Oakhurst, California

Phelan, California

Simi Valley, California

Arvada, Colorado

Englewood, Colorado

Bradenton, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Tampa, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Lagrange, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Mahomet, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Manchester, Maryland

Saint Ignace, Michigan

Ovett, Mississippi

Howell, New Jersey

Bronx, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Louisburg, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Old Hickory, Tennessee

Baird, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas

Kilgore, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Wichita Falls, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 2, 2008, BloomingFlower from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

Initially, when I planted this in my garden, it seemed as if it was dieing even though it had been perfectly healthy when I purchased it. A month later, it had revived and is still blooming prolifically. I believe that it is sensitive to transplanting because it has a tap root and just needed some time to recover after I first planted it. I would recommend waiting to cut of stems that appear dead because it may surprise you with new growth.


On Apr 26, 2008, CarloInTX from Denton, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Purchased from a large home improvement store. It was blooming, and healthy when I got it, but after a few months, it withered and died and never came back. It is possible that the site I placed it in had too little light (brief midday sun only).


On Apr 18, 2008, latelybloomin77 from Kilgore, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've had this now for about 2-3 wks. I've had to cut at least 2 full stems off, due to death. Now I notice on leaves, little brown round specks. What is happening, I do not know. Can it be cured? Other than that, I love it's burgundy stems & pink flowers. And I'd like to keep it around if possible!


On Jul 27, 2007, lissyrae from Old Hickory, TN wrote:

This little plant has thrived despite our summer-long drought, and my repeatedly forgetting to water it. The flowers are pretty, but I love it for its beautiful deep maroon new growth. It's responded well to deadheading by immediately putting out even more lovely new growth (although perhaps this has somewhat slowed down flowering?) Flowering or not, it's an absolutely lovely, tough little gem!


On Apr 16, 2007, genho from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I planted 3- 4inch pots in the san antonio clay in early march, by april they were 2 feet high and covered with blooms- the hummingbirds love them


On Apr 10, 2007, fwfw1 from Orange Beach, AL wrote:

This is an excellent choice for saltwater locations. My plants are located less than 5 feet away from the shoreline. It tolerates strong wind as well. It has proven to be an excellent perineal for our location and I would recommend it for others that live in such a demanding environment - or less demanding as the case may be.


On Aug 12, 2006, RKChesnutt from Arvada, CO wrote:

I live in Arvada, CO and have this in a pot on my deck. It is such a wispy plant that many times it's blooms look like magenta butterflies fliting about.

One thing I did find out is that your DO NOT DEAD HEAD this plant. As the old booms die the stems just keep adding blooms to the end, and after the stems come out in spring it doesn't like adding new ones. Some of my flowers are now fliting on stems about 3 feet long!