Crimson Butterflies Gaura
Gaura lindheimeri 'Crimson Butterflies' PP#13,189
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.
|Zone||5 - 10|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||18 in - 24 in|
|Plant Width||15 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Long Bloomers, Flower|
|Bloom Color||Dark Pink|
|Foliage Color||Burgundy, Purple|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Resistance||Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor, Beds|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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.
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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.