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Wand flower

Gaura lindheimeri

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
Photo/Illustration: 
Alan Franz
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
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Wand flower (Gaura lindheimeri)
GAR-ah lind-HY-mer-eye
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.

Overview

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
Type
Perennials

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