The scientifically name of Gaura is Oenothera lindheimeri and the plant is a low-maintenance perennial plant that may give coneflower a run for its money in the cultivated wildflower popularity contest. The origin of the plant name comes from the Greek word gauros, which means superb. The Gaura plant is also  known as wandflower, whirling butterfly, and bee blossom, the plant can range from fifteen  inches to four feet tall, but most new cultivars are bred to be compact and container-friendly.

Furthermore, one of the best features of the Gaura plants is the long bloom time, which is longer than most perennials. The heaviest blooming occurs in early summer, although you can expect flushes of flowers to recur throughout the summer and into fall in USDA growing zones five through nine. The Gaura plants are best planted in the spring or fall. The plant foliage is lance-shaped and often tinged with pink, cream, or gold, depending on the variety. Wiry flower stems bear many one inch flowers with 4 petals each. Flowers are white, pink, or a combination of the 2.


 Gaura plants Info

The common name: The common names are wandflower, whirling butterfly, bee blossom.

The botanical name:   The botanical name is Oenothera lindheimeri.

Family: Gaura belongs to Onagraceae family.

The plant type:   The plant is perennial, herbaceous.

The mature size:  The mature size is 15–48 in. tall, 15–48 in. wide

The sun exposure: The plant prefers full sun.

The soil type: The plant does well in sandy soil.

The soil pH: Acidic, alkaline, neutral

The blooming time: The blooming time is summer, fall.

The flower color: The flower colors are white, pink.

USDA Hardiness Zones:  five through nine.

The native area: Gaura plant is native to North America.


Gaura Plant Care

The Gaura plant is actually a low-maintenance plant that is a good choice for novice gardeners. Its waving wands dotted with a lot of pinkish flowers don't stop blooming in triple-digit temperatures or in dry weather that turns lawns crisp.

However, the Gaura plants are easy to care for, but the plant may be affected by certain pests like aphids. Infestations of whiteflies, spider mites, and leaf miners are less common, although still possible. The applications of insecticidal soap can naturally resolve any problems with pests.



Light requirement: The Gaura plant thrives and blooms best in full sun but will tolerate some afternoon shade, mostly in hot climates.

Soil requirement: Along with ample of sunshine, a good drainage is the key to success with Gaura plant. The Gaura plants aren’t the longest-lived perennials in any case, and wet winter soil can easily kill the plant.  You can amend the soil with a mix of compost and grit or, better yet, plant them in raised beds. Space the plants at least twelve inches apart, and plant in groups of 3 or 5 plants for maximum impact.

Water requirement: Water the Gaura plant infrequently but deeply to help the plants establish their deep roots.

Temperature and humidity requirement: The Gaura plant tolerates extreme heat and humidity as well as cold, which makes it suitable to be grown in a wide range of climate zones.

Fertilizer requirement: The Gaura plant thrives in poor soil and doesn’t need supplemental flower fertilizer. Too much manure or fertilizer can easily make the plant floppy.

Pruning the plant: You can cut back the stems of the plant after the first main bloom to encourage a tidy plant and spur repeat blooming.


How to Grow Gaura from Seed

You can easily start the Gaura plant from seed in cell flats indoors or direct seed them in the garden. The Gaura plants seeds need light to germinate so do not cover them. Germination at seventy degrees Fahrenheit will take twenty-one to thirty-five days.

Pest Control

The Gaura plants don't actually suffer from many pests, although they can be vulnerable to aphids in the early summer, which you can easily spray them with a hose or insecticidal soap.

You can also make your Gaura plants less welcoming to these pests by removing dead plant. Make sure you always keep your flowerbeds weeded.

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