Oenothera, Appleblossom Grass, Gaura, Lindheimer's Beeblossom 'Siskiyou Pink'

Oenothera lindheimeri

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Oenothera (ee-no-THEE-ruh) (Info)
Species: lindheimeri (lind-HY-mer-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Siskiyou Pink
Synonym:Gaura lindheimeri



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Wetumpka, Alabama

Apache Junction, Arizona

Chandler, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona

Little Rock, Arkansas

Chico, California

Eureka, 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

Chapin, South Carolina

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 29, 2016, larrycris from Wallingford, VT wrote:

Here in the Northeast, we treat it as an annual. I like it in the garden, but love it in arrangements. Creates airy, uplifting affect.


On Mar 28, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A superb perennial with an extraordinarily long season of bloom. I've never seen the need for deadheading, and this plant blooms continuously for months without it.

Best with lean sandy soils and good drainage. Soils with a high organic content ("good garden soil") make this plant soft and floppy.

The only minus is that, like all the forms of this species, it tends to be short-lived. Usually lives 1-4 years. Where happy, it can self-sow lightly.


On Mar 28, 2016, lizzrd from Rio Verde, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love this plant. My son has it growing in his yard in Tucson, AZ and they are just beautiful. I put 4 in my yard in Apache Junction, AZ and the rabbits had eaten them down to nothing within 1 day. iI was so disappointed!


On Mar 28, 2016, treesmoocher from Spencer, WV wrote:

The blooms really were that beautiful pink...all three or four of them, on the whole plant in the whole season. It lay prostrate the whole season too, despite efforts at staking. I live in humid, rainy WV, zone 6...apparently it can tolerate wet as long as it's really hot, judging from other comments. Not a plant for areas with good rainfall I'd say.


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.


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.


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.


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*)


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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 i... read more


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.


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 ... read more


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 t... read more


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

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


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.