Crimson Butterflies Gaura

Crimson Butterflies Gaura

Burgundy foliage darkens in the heat!

Item # 40874

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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.