Gaura

Many, many pink or white flowers!
Common name : Gaura
Scientific name : Gaura lindheimeri
Family : Onagraceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Flowery
Flowery
Oenothera lindheimeri, formerly Gaura lindheimeri - Lindheimer's beeblossom or white gaura - is a species of flowering plant in the family Onagraceae, native to southern Louisiana and Texas and widely cultivated around the world. It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing to 50–150 cm tall with clustered branched stems growing from its rhizome, hairy, lanceolate, 1–9 cm long leaves with a toothed margin, and numerous flowers produced on a 10–80 cm long inflorescence, either pink or white, 2–3 cm diameter, with four petals 10–15 mm long. Several cultivars have been selected for varying flower color, from white in 'Whirling Butterflies' to a darker pink in 'Cherry Brandy' or 'Siskiyou Pink'.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 1 - 2
pH 6 - 7

Plant my gaura

Plant it in a poor or diseased soil, without fertilizing. Water abundantly just after planting to help anchor the roots.

Water my gaura

Water regulary the first month after planting, and possibly in case of severe drought.

Cut down my gaura

Remove branches and leaves after wilting.

Propagate my gaura

Gaura is propagated by dividing the clump in the fall, or by cuttings in the spring.

Mulch my gaura

The gaura is not very demanding in water, you can however mulch it to limit the competition of weeds, and give a more neat aspect to the flowerbed. Preferably use bark or crushed wood.

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