Whirling Butterfly Gaura has upright long stems with small leaves ending in butterfly-like flowers. The blooms are white and open a few at a time which makes for a longer blooming period. The elongated leaves are medium green and can sometimes have maroon spots that show up but don’t worry, this is not because they have a disease. Gaura are for the most part disease resistant and are not bothered by many insects.
Most Gaura have long stems that rise above the clump of foliage with dainty flowers that move about in the breeze. This movement causes the blooms to look like little butterflies while attracting the real thing. Plant them in mass plantings for more impact. Gaura tend to develop a long taproot which can make dividing tricky. This long root helps the plant draw nutrients and moisture from deep in the ground when conditions may be drier topside. Gaura do not like wet feet. Make sure that your location drains well or that long root may rot.
Spacing: Plant 24″ to 36″ apart.
Height: Grows 24″ to 36″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun to part shade.
Outstanding Features: Blooms mid summer to fall. Deer resistant.
Tips: Heat, humidity and drought tolerant. Deadhead to promote blooming
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Landscapes, Xeriscapes