Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gaura lindheimeri "whirling butterflies" - An Excellent Waterwise Flowering Plant For Utah!

 Gaura is a genus of plants native to North America.  Some species are annual and some are invasive.  However Gaura lindheimeri "whirling butterflies" is a favorite for water wise, drought-tolerant gardens in Utah.  It is a hardy perennial and it does not spread or  reseed.  Growing 2 or 3 feet tall and  3 or 4 feet wide, Gaura creates a mounding, shrub-like plant that will die back every winter.  The delicate white flowers are produced on long flexible frond-like stems that bounce around in the breeze creating an illusion of butterflies dancing through the garden!  And it actually attracts butterflies and bees! Gaura blooms all summer and well into the fall.   Perfect for the hot sunny perennial bed.  Gaura needs water only during the hottest parts of summer - July and August - and only a deep soaking every 7 to 10 days.
Gaura lindheimeri "whirling butterflies" growing in Utah
Gaura lindheimeri "whirling butterflies" flowers all summer and into the fall in Utah - and it's drought-tolerant!

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