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Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' (Beeblossom)

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

Beeblossom

A generously branching and floriferous selection of the species. Bright starry white flowers on numerous thin spikes. Maroon spots may appear on the foliage. The stems culminate in racemes of orchid-like flowers that open a few at a time, giving the plant the added bonus of a long blooming period.


Height

18-24 Inches

Spread

12 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Beeblossom Interesting Notes

This gaura cultivar is a compact, clump-forming, vase-shaped perennial with wiry, arching red stems, pink flower buds and 4-petaled snow white flowers (1" diameter) which appear in long, terminal, wand-like panicles above the foliage over a very long late spring to autumn bloom period. Flowers open only a few at a time, and dance in the wind like butterflies, hence the cultivar name. Typically grows 2-3' tall. Differs from the species Gaura lindheimeri by being more compact and more floriferous with flowers being a brighter white. Narrow lance-shaped leaves (1-3" long) are sometimes spotted with maroon. - Missouri Botanical Garden

A hardy perennial which is native to prairies, roadsides, and pond edges in the southern central and western United States and Mexico. Whirling Butterflies is crowned with graceful spikes of delicate white flowers which are blushed with pink all summer. This perennial has an airy and lovely habit and an extended bloom season that will continue through most of the growing season if deadheading is done regularly. The delicate four-petaled flowers open white and fade to pink as they age. Gaura self-sows freely and is tolerant of heat, drought and high humidity, making it ideal for the deep South. Division should be done after the first two or three years. Seeds germinate best at 65 to 75 degrees. Deeply cultivated soil will help to make the transition easier when transplanting seedlings or dividing. - Sara's Garden Pages

Gaura is from the Greek gauros, meaning superb.

Gaura lindheimeri is named for German immigrant and "Father of Texas Botany" Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, who explored Texas for plants, helping found New Braunfels where he settled and became editor of the local newspaper in 1852.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Whirling Butterflies' needs excellent winter drainage and prefers well-drained, sandy, loamy soil. Gaura lindheimeri is found in prairies and roadsides from Louisiana to Texas. Can tolerate heat, humidity and drought. Deadhead during the flowering season to promote bushier growth and more flower stems.

Gauras need plenty of air in the soil for it to be long lived. It does very well in containers, along the top of a wall or in a raised bed. Best used for xeriscaping, perennial gardens or containers.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Dry Sun
Native to North America