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Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura lindheimeri

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The graceful and ornamental Gaura is enjoyed in a variety of gardens with its tall, flowering stalks which arches outward, giving it an airy appearance. Enjoyed by many a gardener for its great texture and graceful loose form, used in either garden beds or pots for accent colour and texture, forming a perfect border or ground-cover. This perennial plant makes a great cut flower, and it is important to note that it is suitable as an annual. Dry winters and hot, wet summers are ideal for the growth of these plants, so it can be grown widely across South Africa; bringing life and beauty to your garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

When harvesting fresh flowers, cut long stems of flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water. When harvesting seed shake or strip the ripe seeds from the stalk as they ripen, coming back every few days until all the seeds have ripened. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

Propagation

Cuttings
Basal cuttings or softwood cuttings in spring or semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Cuttings need to be regularly tipped to make bushy plants.
Seed
Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days; sow seeds in a flat or individual peat pots.
Division
Divide in spring, but established plants are very difficult to dig up, so this method is not recommended.

Special features

Drought resistant
Drought tolerant once well-established.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees and butterflies.
Pot plant
Can be grown in outside containers, given sufficient drainage holes.
Repels harmful insects
Deer repellent.
Attracts birds
Attracts birds such as hummingbirds.

Geography

Origin
United States of America, Southern Louisiana and Texas.
Natural climate
Hot interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Onagraceae
Flower colour
Pink or white.
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include aphids, whitefly and flea beetles. Diseases include Rust, Cercospora and Septoria leaf spots, downy and powdery mildews, and root rot.

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