Eventual height & spread
Oenothera lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'
gaura (syn. Gaura lindheimeri Whirling Butterflies)
- 3 × 9cm pots
- available to order from spring
- 9cm pot
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: May to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline)
A graceful, hazy plant with airy wands of white, fading to pink, star-shaped flowers with distinctive long anthers like daddy long-legs, held on slender stems from May to September. This exceptionally long-flowering perennial, with slender, grey-green leaves, looks equally at home in an informal cottage-style garden or among soft grasses in a new perennial border. This variety is particularly free flowering, drought-tolerant and will soak up the sun. Give it space, as its wispy stems will lean over other plants and pathways.
- Garden care: Resist the temptation to cut back gaura after it has flowered as it takes on beautiful autumn tints, particularly in cold weather. Cut back and lift and divide large colonies in spring.
Please be aware that purplish-brown spotting can appear on gauras at certain times of the year and/or certain times in the plant's life cycle. This is not a disease but a physiological response to cold temperatures, and occurs when new growth has encountered unseasonably chilly conditions. It will not affect the plant's vigour or flowering potential and will often improve in warmer weather.