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Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura lindheimeri
Gaura lindheimeri
Family onagraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-10)
Flowers pink (summer)
Size 3'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (drought-tolerant)
From seed germinate at room temperature, may be slow
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

We had our first batch of gauras for years, then all of a sudden one year none of them came back. It was after a somewhat harsher winter, so I consider them marginally hardy in my zone. Or perhaps they're just short-lived (I've even seen it on a few lists of biennials - but they've lasted more than two years in our garden). In one batch grown from seed; the plants bloomed hesitatingly in their first year, and more enthusiastically the second year. Having moved to Houston, I find that all the stores offer the red-leaved, pink-flowered variety rather than the white one. I like both, but I think I prefer the habit of my old white ones – whether that habit is due to the variety or to the difference in gardening conditions, I don't know.

Gaura lindheimeri
Gaura lindheimeri
Gaura lindheimeri

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (80%G, 7-45d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (no G, 4w)
  3. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (no G, 23d). May have harvested these too early.
  4. Seed from '13 trade. Baggy 70F (85%G, 11-16d)

Seeds look like blimp-shaped pods. More than one seedling can emerge from the same pod. Germination continues over an extended period.

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