Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

"Lindheimer's beeblossom"

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

1 bare root — £2.48

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Description

Let the fluttery flowers of Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' fill your summer with pure plant joy. Whirling by name and by nature, a mass of upright stems topped with profuse spires of delicate blooms billow in a summer breeze, bringing airy, relaxing movement to your planting scheme. This Lindheimer's beeblossom creates a brilliant contrast among sturdy upright perennials, or is the perfect complement to other hazy plant neighbours like ornamental grasses. Whist the flowers are white, the appearance from afar is a soft pink cloud due to the pink buds which open throughout summer.    

You can enjoy a long season of interest with Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies', which typically starts flowering in early summer and continues to produce new flowers until early autumn. Each year, this perennial will become more bushy and prolific until it reaches its full established size of around 1m. This low-maintenance character (also known as Oenothera lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies') is fairly drought tolerant in summer and also winter hardy. It won’t require a lot of your time once established—just chop it down in autumn and in spring it will grow back!

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' syn. Oenothera lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

  • Flower colour

    Pink, white

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    50-70cm

  • Plant spacing

    3 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Wildlife gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Sandy
    Stony

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Lindheimer's beeblossom" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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