Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri also Oenothera lindheimeri)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape June 30, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Plant Family



Mature gaura plant
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Gaura flowers
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Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae)

Common Names

Gaura, Butterfly gaura, Bee blossom, Lindheimer's beeblossom


  • Native to the warmer regions of the United States
  • Use caution when planting this species as it can be weedy and is considered invasive in some areas
  • Long-lived
  • Open growth habit with delicate looking flowers that bloom continuously from summer through fall
  • It grows to about 3 to 4 feet tall
  • Several attractive cultivars of G.lindheimeri have been developed
  • Flower colors include white and a range of pinks.
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 9 but may survive in areas of Zone 4 especially if mulched in winter
  • Gaura reseeds readily
  • Tolerates full sun to part shade
  • Requires well drained soils



Hawk moths (sphinx moth, hummingbird moth, hormworm)


Additional Resources:


California - Gaura! Gaura! Gaura!


Illinois - Beyond Impatiens and Petunias


Florida - Gaura lindheimeri
Mississippi - Gaura ranks among the South's hottest plants


Texas - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.