You can find Gaura lindheimeri and its cultivars adding delicate grace across the garden - in the Canal Borders full of half-hardy perennials; grown with Lavandula canariensis in the Container Garden; and in the less formal but romantically spectacular Glasshouse Borders.
- Common name
- White gaura
- Height & spread
- -1.5m (3-5ft) high and 0.5-1.0m (1.5-3ft) wide
- Clump-forming herbaceous perennial
- Well-drained fertile soil
- Full sun or partial shade
- Frost hardy, might need protection over winter
Gaura is a genus of about 20 annuals, perennials and sub-shrubs. They produce panicles of starry, usually four-petalled flowers in white or pink, over a long period. They originate in moist places and prairies of southern North America and have a graceful habit that makes them popular border plants.
The name Gaura is from the Greek Gauros meaning ‘superb’, and relates to the striking flowers.
G. lindheimeri is a bushy perennial from Texas and Louisiana with slender erect stems bearing small spoon-shaped leaves. From late spring to autumn it carries long panicles of starry white or pink-tinged flowers. It is a great late summer performer that adds a light touch of airiness to a border. It is also noted for being drought tolerant.
This species is named in honour of Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879), a German political exile who made large botanical collections in Texas for Harvard University.
It is sometimes called Lindheimer’s beeblossom, and has many cultivars in various shades of white and pink.
- Best grown in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, but dry soils and partial shade tolerated.
- Cut back after flowering.
- Generally free from pests and diseases.
- Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring to early summer.
- Take basal or softwood cuttings in spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
The RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee awarded Gaura lindheimeri an Award of Garden Merit in 1993.