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Stratosphere White Butterfly Flower Gaura lindheimeri

  • Hardy Zones
    • 6 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 12 - 24 Inches
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Stratosphere White Butterfly Flower Gaura lindheimeri
Sun 12 - 24

Features

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Heat and shade tolerant plants have flowers May to September; low maintenance.

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Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Drought Tolerant
Attracts: 
Butterflies
Native to North America

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
12 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 
8 - 12 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Flower Shade: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Moderate
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Plant alone or in combinations in all container types and the landscape

Maintenance Notes: 

Each flowering stem adds blooms, continuously to the end of the spike. As time goes on, the flowering stems can get rather long and tangled. Although deadheading isn't necessary for continued blooming you may find that you prefer to trim back some of the flowering stems at some point in mid-summer. This will encourage new flowering stems to emerge. Flowers will be closer to the foliage and the plant will look tidier. If you choose, you can trim all the flower stems off at once, however, you should then expect a 2 to 3 week period without flowers.

Stratosphere White Gaura lindheimeri 'Gautalwi' USPP 16,565
  • Beautiful! I live just south of the 57 parallel, and was surprised at the resilience of this plant! I have mine in 12" pots and they did wonderfully ... And added a delicate element to my garden. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Like I say .... if it will grow here, it can grow anywhere!!!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Charlee63
    Canada
    1 year ago
  • I received this plant as the tall accent in an outdoor large basket. Everyone who saw it wanted to know what it was. Thank goodness for the Proven Winner label. I received the planter filled with all annuals and it was not until I pulled the tag this spring that I realized it was a perennial. I wish I had transplanted it into the ground. Now I cannot find it to buy again.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Sue Shimon
    3 years ago
  • This is a wonderful plant to use with lilies. It hides the lily stems. My favorite thing about this plant is that it is always in motion. The stems are very lightweight so when the bees land on them they move. A real proven winner. My problem is that I can't find the white variety which is by far my favorite.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Melissa
    3 years ago
  • Bloomed beautifully last season (2009). This year the stems are sturdy but there has not been a single blossom and it is now the end of August. The plant looks healthy, though rather wild. Is it normal to have a year with no bloom whatsoever?

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Patricia
    Washington
    United States
    4 years ago
  • This plant has been beautiful all summer and even after the last two nights of freezing it is standing tall and blooming profusely. Next year I am putting it in my containers. Just gorgeous.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Denise Farmer
    Illinois
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I live in North Cherokee County and this plant looks beautiful in our natural wooded landscape of 3 acres.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Stefanie Bunkley
    Georgia
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Russell Studebaker
    Ohio
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Fantastic plant, extremely long bloom period, growth habit, and who could beat that name?

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Brad
    Massachusetts
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Nice movement in the garden. Prone to aphids late in the season.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Jenni Z
    California
    United States
    4 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2008 Top 10 Sawaya Garden Trial
2008 Top 10 Sawaya Garden Trial
2008 Top 10 Sawaya Garden Trial
2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
2005 Top Performer Penn State
2005 Top Performer Penn State
2005 Top Performer Penn State
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