Gaura Seeds & Plants

Heat, humidity, and drought tolerant

The genus Gaura (reclassified Oenothera early 2000s) contains herbaceous perennials (annuals in colder climates) commonly called appleblossom grass, bee blossom, and wand flower. Bee blossom's tall, wispy sprays of flowers give them a wild but delicate, see-through appearance. It flowers heavily in late spring/early summer and often flushes throughout summer and into fall. Borne in clusters along long, wiry stems, the dainty, fairy-like flowers are softly hued white, yellow, or pink, with some bicolors. They frolic in the breeze above a basal rosette of dark green foliage, attracting bees, bumblebees, and butterflies with their rich stores of nectar and pollen.

Gaura is a genus of around 20 species of annuals, biennials, perennials, and subshrubs. Native to Louisiana and Texas, bee blossoms grow naturally along streambanks, around ponds, and in prairies and woodlands. Gaura lindheimeri (syn. Oenothera lindheimeri), the most popular cultivated species, was awarded Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. Bee blossoms are typically deciduous but can be evergreen in mild climates. They range from 15 inches to 5 feet tall and have an upright to widely spreading habit of stemless lanceolate leaves, which are occasionally spotted with maroon or tinged pink, cream, or gold and may tint in autumn.

Fuss-free, bee blossom grows best in full sun and light, moist soils; however, good drainage is essential. Bee blossom is insect, deer, and disease resistant and heat, humidity, and drought tolerant, a good choice for xeriscapes. Its open form is shown to best effect grouped or massed and is especially well-suited to naturalistic plantings, wildflower meadows, and cottage gardens. Diminutive cultivars are perfect for beds, borders, containers, and edging.