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Common Names: Butterfly Bush, Wand Flower,
Bee Blossom, Whirling Butterflies, Lindheimer’s beeblossom, Lindheimer’s clockweed, Indian feather

Origin: North America

  • Gorgeous cottage plant
  • Attracts bees & butterflies
  • Tall pink or white flowers

A delicately flowering perennial shrub, Gaura is a very popular choice for cottage and culinary gardens. Its flowers bloom atop tall spikes that tower above the foliage in early spring and continue to flower throughout summer into autumn. Being at the end of such long, slender stems, the flowers wave around in the breeze, giving the appearance of fluttering butterflies, hence its other common name – Butterfly Bush. The flowers come in white and pinks ranging from a soft, baby pink to an almost reddish purple. These flowers attract both bees and butterflies to your garden, which is very beneficial for those with vegetable gardens and orchards.

Plant Type: Shrub, annual, biennial or perennial depending on variety

Uses: Birds & Bee Attracting, Garden Filler

Garden Types: Pots & Containers, Modern, Hampton, Cottage, Edible


Sun Requirements: Prefers a full sun position but will also grow in part shade. 

Water Requirements: Water regularly when first planted. Once established they are self sufficient. 

Soil Requirements: Prefers well-drained loamy soil and grows better in harsher environments. If the soil is too rich they become leggy. They do not grow well in soggy soils as their tap root can rot out.

Fertilizing: Charlie Carp All Purpose or Slow release fertiliser in spring and summer. Not required once established.

Pruning: Not necessary unless plant requires neatening or removal of dead material. 

Tolerances: Drought, sun, poor soils, root compaction, pollution, and light frost. Doesn’t like soggy or prolonged wet soils.

Diseases: Aphids, spider mites, leaf miners and whiteflies

Key Features

Flower: Zygomorphic flowers with 4 petals and obvious stamen. Flower stems can reach 1.5m tall above the foliage with no leaves on the stem. White, light pink to dark pink.

Foliage: Lance shaped leaves that form in a basal rosette. Leaves are green with pink flowering varieties showing a tinge of deep pink at the tips.

Edible: No

Toxicity: N/A

Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Beneficial insects

Which Gaura To Choose?

Having trouble deciding which Gaura is right for your job? Check out our quick comparison chart below!

 What does it look like?Flower ColourFlower HeightMax. Size
WhiteWhiteApprox 30-50cm above foliage90cm x 90cm
PinkPinkApprox 30-50cm above foliage90cm x 90cm
BELLEZA® Dark PinkDark Pink10-30cm above foliage30-40cm x 50cm
BELLEZA® Compact Light PinkLight Pink10-30cm above foliage30-40cm x 50cm
Candy StripeWhite with thin Pink edge50-70cm above foliage1m x 80cm
Rosy JaneWhite with dark pink edges20-40cm above foliage30-60cm x 30-60cm
Geyser WhiteWhite30-40cm above foliage90cm x 60cm
Geyser PinkGaura lindheimeri Geyser Pink' Butterfly Bush 1Pink30-40cm above foliage90cm x 60cm

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