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Wand flower

Gaura lindheimeri

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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 CharacteristicsGreat texture and graceful loose form, perfect for the border.

CareWell-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.

PropagationDivide in spring. Sow seed from spring to early summer.

ProblemsRust, Cercospora and Septoria leaf spots, sometimes downy and powdery mildews. Root rot may occur in heavy, poorly drained soils.

  • Genus : Gaura
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. bonnietibbals 04/29/2017

    how would I treat these problems
    Rust, Cercospora and Septoria leaf spots, sometimes downy and powdery mildews.

  2. paulrachelpierson 06/01/2017

    If the wands lose their leaves but there are blossoms at the tip.. should I lkeep them or cut them down to the main, shorter,bushy leafy part of the plant??

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    ToddLNevarez 10/14/2018

    Very good information.

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    CherylBGrant 11/02/2018

    very nice

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