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Gaura lindheimeri AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Pink in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

white gaura

Family

Onagraceae


Gaura can be annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs, with simple, narrow, or pinnately lobed leaves and lax panicles of small starry flowers over a long period

G. lindheimeri is a bushy perennial with slender erect stems bearing small spoon-shaped leaves and starry white or pink-tinged flowers in loose racemes in summer and autumn

Other common names

  • Lindheimer's beeblossom

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, West-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Best grown in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun; but dry soils and partial shade tolerated

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame from spring to early summer or propagate by basal cuttings or softwood cuttings in spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Prairie Planting


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free