Growing Gaura (Gaura)

Latin Name Pronunciation: gar'-ah

Gardeners love Gaura for the way its flowers resemble small butterflies floating at the end of long, arching stems. The overall effect is light and willowy, and Gaura benefits from neighbors with heft. It grows well in heat and sun and tolerates drought. In the right conditions, Gaura is a low-maintenance plant.

Light/Watering: Plant in full sun (6 or more hours of direct sun each day). Drought is tolerated once plants are established.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Grow in average, well-drained soil. Choose a site that has excellent drainage during winter as well.

Pests/Diseases: Leaf spot, rust, or powdery mildew may occasionally appear.

Companions: Sun-loving annuals such as Dahlias or perennials such as Sedum 'Autumn Joy'.

Reflowering: Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom and limit reseeding.

Dividing/Transplanting: Plants can be divided in spring.

End-of-Season Care: Cut stems down to the ground and remove dead material and weeds.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Apply a balanced, granular fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) or a 1-2in layer of compost around the plant (keep compost several inches away from the crown of plants to avoid rot).

Mid-Spring: Divide plants every 3-5 years to maintain vigor.

Late Spring: Keep area around plants free from weeds.

Summer: Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom and limit reseeding.

Fall: Cut stems down to the ground.