Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri also Oenothera lindheimeri)


Plant Family

Evening Primrose Family (Onagraceae)

Common Names

Gaura, Butterfly gaura, Bee blossom, Lindheimer’s beeblossom


  • Native to the warmer regions of the United States
  • Use caution when planting this species as it can be weedy and is considered invasive in some areas
  • Long-lived
  • Open growth habit with delicate looking flowers that bloom continuously from summer through fall
  • It grows to about 3 to 4 feet tall
  • Several attractive cultivars of G.lindheimeri have been developed
  • Flower colors include white and a range of pinks.
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 9 but may survive in areas of Zone 4 especially if mulched in winter
  • Gaura reseeds readily
  • Tolerates full sun to part shade
  • Requires well drained soils


White flowers with long stems in a bush shape
Mature gaura plant Photo credit: fuzzyjay Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Flowers with a bright pink center and white edges
Gaura flowers Photo credit: protoflux Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Hawk moths (sphinx moth, hummingbird moth, hormworm)

Additional Resources:


Illinois – Beyond Impatiens and Petunias


Florida – Gaura lindheimeri


Texas – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center