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Plant of the Month - Gaura lindheimeri – Whirling Butterflies

Thursday, September 20, 2018

We have been really enjoying using this plant recently; The Urban Gardeners have included it in several planting schemes for its versatility, drought tolerance and long flowering time.

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Gaura lindheimeri is a graceful perennial with long slender stems, which hold white fading to pink, star-shaped flowers from May to September.

  • Great in an informal planting setting or cottage garden
  • Looks lovely intertwined with grasses in an herbaceous border
  • Can be planted in large clumps for effect, or can be used as dot plants throughout the border
  • Gives good airy height to a planting scheme, and moves freely with a breeze to give interest

This clump-forming deciduous perennial can reach up to 1m high and 50cm wide. It enjoys a sunny position with fertile, moist, well-drained soil, and is fully hardy. Generally pest and disease-free.

You can propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame from spring to early summer, or propagate by basal cuttings or softwood cuttings in spring, or semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.

Enjoy these delicate flowers that are aptly named for little butterflies fluttering in the breeze.

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