Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride' (syn. Oenothera)
|Sow Under Cover
- Border (Middle)
- Broad Tolerance
- May - November
- 1.2m (4ft)
- Common name
- Lindheimer's Beeblossom
- Full Sun
- 60cm (24in)
- Surface sow indoors from late winter to early spring. Pot into 9cm pots and grow on. Harden off young plants before planting out in a sunny place from late spring.
Gaura lindheimeri 'The Bride' has wonderful long, elegant spikes of pink buds opening to white flowers which flower longer – from May until November – than any other plant in my garden.
When cultivated outdoors in cold periods you may notice a bruise like pattern on the plant. This dark purple/maroon spotting will develop naturally on the foliage and although this can be a slightly alarming appearance, it is nothing to be concerned about. This is a physiological response to the low temperatures (not disease related) and will lessen and disappear with warmer temperatures and the emergence of new growth.
I passionately recommend this short lived perennial plant for the front of a border and a light and airy cut flower for a bedside table.
Gauras are easy as long as you remember that they are prairie plants. Mulching helps to protect from severe winters. Mature gauras do not move well. The dark spots that appear on their narrow leaves are normal. Large clumps can be divided in spring.