Tough but delicate and incredibly pretty, Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' (Gaura lindheimeri) features tall, airy-looking flowers dancing and dangling along thin stems. This North American wildflower adds a unique texture in the garden with its 4-petaled, white butterfly-like flowers borne at the top of the airy spikes. More compact than its parent, this cultivar produces more crisp white flowers on reddish stems.
- 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.
- Forms a lovely vase-shaped clump, about 2–3 ft. high (60-90 cm) and 12-15 in. wide (30-37 cm), of erect or arching, densely clustered wand-like stems. The foliage consists of lance-shaped mid green leaves, growing directly from the stems and sparsely spaced along them.
- 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, this Gaura thrives on neglect and is virtually disease and pest free
- Unlike the species, 'Whirling Butterflies' doesn't self-seed.
- Division is not necessary and resented by the plant because Gaura grows from a thick taproot.