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Stratosphere White Butterfly Flower Gaura lindheimeri

(10 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
24" 14"
Height
12 - 24"
Spread
8 - 14"
  • Details

    Features

    I make this LOOK EASY.

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

    Award Winner
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Butterflies

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 24 Inches
    Spacing: 
    8 - 12 Inches
    Spread: 
    8 - 14 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
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    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.

    Lovely in landscapes or as thrillers in combination containers, gauras add height, wispy texture, and movement to the design. Their graceful stems bear non-stop blooms through the heat of summer.

    Stratosphere White Gaura lindheimeri 'Gautalwi' USPP 16,565
  • 10 Reviews

    • Gaura is one of my fave of all plants! It flowers all summer and the butterflies and hummingbirds love it!

      Raymonde Savoie
      New Brunswick
      Canada
      1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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!!!

      Charlee63
      Canada
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Sue Shimon
      7 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      Melissa
      7 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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?

      Patricia
      Washington
      United States
      8 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • 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.

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

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

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

      Jenni Z
      California
      United States
      8 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
  • 11 Awards

    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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