Perennial in USDA zones 5-9. Blooms summer to fall. Full sun to partial shade. This showy 3'-5' tall North America native has loose sprays of sparkling white flowers (some may be tinged with a pink blush) that float in the air like delicate butterflies during the day and almost seem to glow in the evening light. It grows in a wide range of soils and exposures, but is definitely a good choice for dry sites, because it is very tolerant of heat and drought. It can be grown as an annual in climates colder than zone 5, though flowering is better the second year after plants are well-established. An excellent choice for borders, wildflower gardens, and native plantings. Try planting with Russian sage, purple coneflowers, and yarrow for an attractive drought-tolerant perennial garden. May self-seed in ideal conditions. Also called, beeblossom, it attracts bees and butterflies.
When to plant outside: Spring after average last frost or in fall for germination the following spring.
When to start inside: 10-12 weeks before average last spring frost.
Special Germination Instructions: Sprinkle seed lightly and evenly over moistened seed starting mix. Cover with additional mix and keep moist until seed germinates. The ideal temperature for starting indoors is 68-70 degrees F. Gaura germinates over several weeks, so don't be discouraged if all seedlings don't pop up at the same time.
WHAT IS A NATIVE?
Native North American plants are indigenous plants that evolved naturally in their ecosystem without introduction. They often tolerate greater swings in water availability, have deep root systems that prevent water runoff and soil erosion and require little or no fertilizer or pest control. They also provide food for butterflies, insects, birds, and other valuable pollinators.
BOTANIC GARDENS SERIES
Plant species are constantly being lost throughout the world as a result of habitat loss, climate change, pollution, insect and disease problems, and even over-collection. Botanical Interests is very pleased to be working with botanic gardens throughout the U.S. to protect species that are rare and endangered or may become so if not maintained. As gardeners we can feel good about adding these attractive, adaptable treasures to our gardens. By planting them, we become responsible stewards of the environment and give a gift back to nature.