Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ is an enchanting, drought-tolerant perennial known for its delicate, white butterfly-like flowers that dance in the breeze. Easy to grow and low-maintenance, it adds grace and charm to gardens, attracting pollinators. Perfect for borders, containers, or as an ornamental accent.

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Origin: USA - Louisiana and Texas
Genus: Gaura
Species / Cultivar: lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'
Synonym: Oenothera lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

Plant Biography

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ has a fascinating history rooted in North America. Originally discovered by German botanist Ferdinand Lindheimer in Texas during the 19th century, this cultivar was carefully selected for its abundant and graceful white flowers, resembling fluttering butterflies. As a result of its stunning appearance and ease of cultivation, ‘Whirling Butterflies’ quickly gained popularity in the horticultural trade. Today, it remains a beloved and widely grown perennial, adorning gardens and landscapes with its enchanting and ethereal blooms, attracting pollinators and adding a touch of grace and charm to outdoor spaces.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ is easy to care for and cultivate. Plant in well-draining soil and full sun for optimal growth. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering. Pruning spent flowers encourages continuous blooming. This low-maintenance perennial attracts pollinators and adds beauty to gardens effortlessly.

‘Whirling Butterflies’ typically grows to a height of about 60 to 90 cm with a spread of approximately 45 to 60 cm. Its slender, airy stems and delicate white flowers create an enchanting display, making it a perfect choice for borders, containers, or adding an ornamental accent to your garden.

Expert Tip

Give the plant 6-8 hours of direct sunshine for optimal results.


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