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Gaura lindheimeri (Wand flower, White gaura, Butterfly gaura)

Gaura lindheimeri Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of White Flower Farm

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Gaura lindheimeri GAR-ah lind-HY-mer-eye Common Name: Wand flower, White gaura, Butterfly gaura Genus: Gaura
This North American wildflower is a bushy, clump-forming, vase-shaped perennial with lance-shaped or spoon-shaped, toothed leaves on slender, wand-like stems. Leaves may be occasionally spotted with maroon. Loose panicles of 4-petaled white flowers open only a few at a time and fade slowly to pink, blooming from late spring to early autumn.
Noteworthy characteristics: Great texture and graceful loose form, perfect for the border.
Care: Well-drained, fertile, moist soil is preferable, but will tolerate drought and partial shade. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming period. Close planting or support from neighboring perennials is beneficial. May be cut back by half in late spring to control size.
Propagation: Divide in spring. Sow seed from spring to early summer.
Problems: Rust, Cercospora and Septoria leaf spots, sometimes downy and powdery mildews. Root rot may occur in heavy, poorly drained soils.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Native; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Spring; Spring; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Naturalizing, Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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