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Gaura lindheimeri

  • Common Name
    Wand Flower/ Butterfly Gaura
  • CA Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    3' - 4' x 2'
  • Flower Color
    White, Pink
  • Bloom Time
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Spring through Fall
  • Leaves
    Herbacious,Smooth-textured,Green to Red Leaves
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This clump forming perennial has small white to pinkish  flowers on long thin stems that blow with the wind. Blooms open a few at a time to ensure a long bloom period. The deep maroon buds are attractive even when no blooms are open. This plant loves heat, the more heat and sun the more it blooms. Plant in a mass with  'Black & Blue' salvia, pink coneflowers & Gentian sage for a colorful mid-border.

    Best grown in sandy, loamy, well drained soils in full sun. Good drainage is essential. Remove spent flower spikes to prolong bloom period. The thin flower stems can become leggy and flop, particulary when grown in rich soils with too much water. Root rot may occur in heavy, poorly drained soils. Trim back in midsummer (when blooms start to lag) to keep plants compact and to encourage more blooms.

    Bees seem to like this plant.

    No serious insect or disease problems.



  • Master Gardener Comments

    I use this plant in mass in a hot sunny part of my garden. Looks great with the dark purple or blue salvias.

  • Varietals

    G.lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' - white flower

    G. lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' - pink flower

    G. lindheimeri 'Crimsom Butterflies' - pinkish-red flowers, dwarf (less than 2 ' tall)