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Oenothera lindheimeri

  • Deciduous perennial
  • Star shaped, white flowers with long anthers.
  • Blooms May-September
  • Hardiness H4
  • To 75cm x 50cm
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
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Description

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' - 3 Litre Pots

Gaura add wonderful texture to gardens with their airy arrangement of dancing flowers.

In full bloom, these four-petaled flowers create a stunning whirligig effect of butterflies fluttering about the plant's reddish stems and attract pollinators too (including hummingbirds, where available). The deep pink buds open to white flowers which last through from May to Autumn. To 75cm x 50cm.

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Features:

  • Deciduous perennial
  • Star shaped, white flowers with long anthers.
  • Blooms May-September
  • Hardiness H4
  • Full Sun
  • To 75cm x 50cm
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators

Growing Gaura Whirling Butterflies

Like many plants with a long tap root, they are drought tolerant and love well-drained soil in full sun, which keeps their stems upright and blooming well.

They like consistent moisture during the growing season to flower at full capacity, but soggy winter conditions may cause root rot.

Cut them back once per year, after their first flowering wave to encourage more flowers further.

In Your Garden Design

Classic cottage garden fare, with a more contemporary prairie scheme appeal as well. Since this variety is quite small, they also work in containers - go for a Great Dixter style pot display by planting singly in one pot alongside other similarly planted containers. Perfect companion plants for these are those suit similar sunny conditions: try pairing with phlox, peonies, salvias, eryngium, echinacea, lime green nicotiana, reed grass and star-shaped dahlias such as the marvellous Honka.

Did You Know?

Gaura is the old classification, the official genus name is now Oenothera. They are in the Onagraceae family, cousins of Fuchsias and Evening Primroses.

They hail from the Americas.