Oenothera lindheimeri (Engelm. & A. Gray) W. L. Wagner & Hoch
Lindheimer's Beeblossom, White Gaura, Pink Gaura, Lindheimer's Clockweed, Indian Feather
Gaura lindheimeri (basionym)
Color: White, pink
Bloom Time: Beginning of spring until the first frost
Oenothera lindheimeri is a perennial herbaceous plant with branched, densely clustered stems that grow from an underground rhizome. It is up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. Leaves are finely hairy, lanceolate, up to 3.5 inches (9 cm) long, and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) wide, with a coarsely toothed margin. Flowers are produced on an up to 2.6 feet (80 cm) long inflorescence, pink or white, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, with four petals, up to 0.6 inches (15 mm) long and long hairlike stamens. They appear from the beginning of spring until the first frost.
How to Grow and Care
Oenothera plants can be propagated by dividing established clumps from spring to fall. Softwood cuttings may be struck in late spring. Easy to grow Oenothera seeds can be sown directly in the garden in late summer, early fall, or planted early in the spring.
Just cover the tiny seeds, and germinate at 65° to 70°F (18° to 21°C). Seeds require darkness to break dormancy. Space plants 5 to 9 inches (13 to 23 cm) apart. Plant in light, well-drained soil with a pH of around 5.5 to 7.0. Sandy soil works well for this plant.
Oenothera is tolerant of dry and is a good candidate for xeriscaping. In really fertile soil, the foliage can be robust, but fewer flowers form. Top dress with fully composted manure in the spring. Provide irrigation during long hot spells, and cut the plants back by a third after flowering to keep them looking neat. Hot summer weather may cause the plants to briefly stop flowering. Powdery mildew sometimes appears in humid conditions. See more at How to Grow and Care for Oenothera.
Native to southern Louisiana and Texas.
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