Burgundy foliage darkens in the heat!
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Crimson Butterflies Gaura

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Gaura lindheimeri 'Crimson Butterflies' PP#13,189

Flourishes despite drought, heat, humidity, cold, and just about anything else!
Plant Patent #13,189. Gaura has never had it so good! 'Crimson Butterflies' is so much of an improvement over previous cultivars that it might as well be a new species. The foliage is a rich maroon-burgundy all season -- year-round in the South -- and the hot-pink flowers are so abundant it's hard to find their bright red stems. Best of all, it's compact enough to plant in a container, yet has the color impact of a plant three times its size!

The blooms begin in mid-spring, arising on 8-inch stems of bright red. They open gradually, giving you fresh color for many, many weeks. The heaviest bloom is in late spring, but the flowers continue through summer and even into fall.

Growing just 18 to 24 inches tall and spreading just as wide, 'Crimson Butterflies' makes a nice edging or border standout. It remains attractive even when not in bloom, with evergreen foliage in the warmer portions of its hardiness range. Compact and vigorous, it always looks lush!

A hardy perennial native to Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico, Gaura is ideal for warm-weather climates, and 'Crimson Butterflies' tolerates drought, heat, humidity, and even shallow soil, making it ideal for the xeriscapic garden (though it flowers best, of course, when given adequate moisture). Hardy all the way through south Florida, its rich foliage drinks in the sun, turning darker as the heat increases!

'Crimson Butterflies' is one in a series bred by Howard Bentley of Australia. It is an offspring of the renowned 'Siskiyou Pink,' but easily outperforms its famous parent in compact stature, quantity of flowers, and length of bloom.

Space plants 12 inches apart in just about any well-drained garden soil exposed to full sun. Zones 5-10.

Genus Gaura
Species lindheimeri
Variety 'Crimson Butterflies'
ppaf PP#13,189
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 10
BloomStartToEnd Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
PlantHeight 18 in - 24 in
PlantWidth 15 in
BloomSize 8.0 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Flower, Long Bloomers
BloomColor Dark Pink
FoliageColor Burgundy, Purple
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Dry
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Cut Flowers, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor, Beds, Border, Containers
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Non stop blooms
Barbara from NY wrote (October 07, 2014):
I bought this plant in July at a local store - wasn't looking for it at the time but spotted it so I bought it. It looks great in my front yard garden (should've bought a couple more!). We're into the first week of October and it's still blooming! It's compact, yet the flowers still sway in the breeze like pink butterflies. I love this plant! I'm in Zone 5. I can't wait to see how long it actually keeps blooming!


Pick a sunny, hot, dry location and set plants 6 to 8 inches apart. Good drainage is important.


After the first flowering, cut plant back to 1 foot to facilitate later blooms. It self sows readily, helping to increase the size of the display, but does not become a problem with unwanted seedlings. Too rich a soil will induce the plant to produce weaker stems. Should not require dividing – to move, dig deeply and avoid damaging the long tap root.


Zones 4-8

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.