Native to Texas and Louisiana, Lindheimer's Beeblossom (Gaura lindheimeri) is a remarkably pretty perennial plant with tall, airy-looking flowers giving the appearance of butterflies floating in the garden. It adds a unique texture in the garden with its 4-petaled, pink tinged or white, 1 in. long (2.5cm), butterfly-like flowers borne at the top of the airy spikes.
- Gaura enjoys a long blooming season, typically from early summer into fall, with only a few flowers opening at a time. However, they bloom in sufficient numbers to create a very graceful display for weeks.
- Gaura forms vase-shaped clumps, about 2-4 ft. high (60-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm), of erect or arching, densely clustered wand-like stems. The flower spikes bear many white blossoms that open from pink buds. They mature to a rosy shade before dropping off. The foliage consists of lance-shaped mid green leaves, growing directly from stems.
- A full sun lover, Gaura thrives in sandy, loamy, well-drained soils and can survive lengthy periods of drought. Tolerates heat, humidity, partial shade and dry soils too!
- Deer and rabbit resistant, Gaura attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
- Perfect for the sunny border for its accent color and delicate texture, Gaura can also be used in containers, rock gardens or naturalistic meadows. Stunning in small groups or large drifts.
- Although deadheading is not necessary for continued blooming, you may want to trim back some of the flowering stems in midsummer. This will encourage new flowering stems to emerge. Flowers will also be closer to the foliage and the plant will look tidier.
- Low care, Gaura thrives on neglect and is virtually disease and pest free
- Division is not necessary and resented by the plant because Gaura grows from a thick taproot.