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Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura (Transitional Plant)

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Gaura lindheimeri (Gaura)

Gaura is a clump-forming, vase-shaped, somewhat shrubby perennial. It is best known for its four-petaled, butterfly-like flowers and long bloom period--from spring to early autumn. Pinkish buds along wiry, erect, wand-like stems open to white flowers which slowly fade to pink. Flowers appear in long, open, terminal panicles and open only a few at a time. Narrow, lance-shaped, stemless leaves are occasionally spotted with maroon.

Additional Information:

36-48 Inches


24-36 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Light Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Good choice for xeriscapes. Best grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates heat, humidity and some drought. Remove spent flower spikes to prolong bloom period. Thin flower stems tend to become leggy and flop, particularly when grown in rich soils, and plants can benefit from close planting or support from adjacent perennials. Plants may be cut back in late spring by 1/2 to control size. May self-seed if spent flower stems are left in place in the fall.

Good Companions
Fame Flower (Talinum calycinum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting

Beneficial Insects



Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar