- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 5 - 8
- Height: 32 inches
- Bloom Season: White and pink
- Bloom Color: Summer and fall
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade
- Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.5 - 7.2
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Temperature: 68F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: Seeds must be covered thinly, no more than the thickness of the seed
- Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 30 inches
- Care & Maintenance: See: Gaura
Gaura (Gaura Lindheimeri) - Grow Gaura from flower seeds, and it will add great texture and a graceful loose form to the garden. It's perfect for the border. Gaura is a many-branched flowering perennial that arises from a woody base. It produces 12 - 20 inch flower stalks that have four-petaled flowers, all in a row. They start out white and turn pink with age. The blooms replenish themselves, and the blooming season is quite long, lasting from early summer until the first frost. As it continues to grow, it does not become dense but branches out, and is a great plant to have in your wildflower garden as it self-sows its own flower seeds easily. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies will be busy with the Gaura in your garden!
The Gaura plant is drought hardy once established because it has a deep tap root. In colder zones, the plant should be mulched before winter to protect the roots. If the plant freezes in the winter, just cut back to the ground and it will regrow that spring. Do not be hesitant to cut this plant back severely each year; it grows very rapidly and will reach its mature size in one season.
Sow Gaura seeds in starter trays using sterile potting soil. Gently press the flower seeds into the soil, and barely cover with lose soil. Keep the flower seeds moist until germination. When ready to transplant, cut the Gaura seedlings back to help it grow more compact. A second cutting back 4 weeks later is often needed again to keep the plant more compact in growth.