Gaura Plant Features
Butterflies will flock to your garden when you include gaura in your flower borders or containers. This sun-loving North American native plant is used as a perennial in warmer parts of the country and as an annual in colder regions. Gaura is heat and drought tolerant and can handle high humidity with ease. Gaura blooms all summer long producing graceful wands of nectar-rich white, pink, or bi-colored flowers that butterflies love. The deer-resistant plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall. Gaura makes an excellent container plant, too. Hardy from zones 5-9.
Note: Botanists have reclassified Guara, so you may also see it listed as Oenothera lindheimeri.
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Gaura Growing Instructions
Plant gaura in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. Gaura is not fussy about soil type, but does best where it won't have to stand in wet ground. Clip away the faded flower stalks as they appear to encourage new waves of bloom.
Gaura is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Low water needs
Complement your Gaura with these varieties:
Cranesbill Geranium and Gaura are a pretty pair.
Blue-flowering Nepeta and pink-flowering Gaura are a match made in Heaven.
Create a butterfly banquet with Coneflower mixed with Gaura in the same bed.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Gaura ‘Belleza Dark Pink’
Wiry stems clad in dark pink flowers make ‘Belleza Dark Pink’ gaura a top pick for your garden. It’s a compact variety that grows 12 to 18 inches tall so you can fit it into a mixed basket or container. ‘Belleza Dark Pink’ makes a superb cut flower, too, and blooms nonstop from spring to fall. Zones 6-9
Gaura lindheimeri 'Belleza White Evolution'
This easy perennial flower for sun blooms all summer long, showing off wands of pure white flowers. It grows about 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 6-9
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Gaudi Red’
Good things do come in small packages! ‘Gaudi Red’ gaura grows only 16 inches tall, but this little flower factory is practically smothered in rosy pink flowers on strong, wiry stems. It’s heat and drought tolerant and makes a great addition to container gardens. Zones 5-9
Guara linkheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink'
A long-blooming perennial, Siskiyou Pink starts in late spring and continues flowering through early summer. It shows off spikes of soft pink flowers. It Siskiyou Pink grows 36 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-8
Gaura lindheimeri 'Sparkle White'
Sparkle White is an award-winning variety that shows off a profusion of white flowers all summer long. Grown as an annual or perennial, it thrives in a sunny spot and is a perennial in Zones 6-9. It grows 24 inches tall and wide.