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Stratosphere White Butterfly Flower Gaura lindheimeri

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
2' 14" 61cm 36cm
Height: 12" - 2'
Spread: 8" - 14"
Height: 30cm - 61cm
Spread: 20cm - 36cm
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  • Details

    12 - 24 Inches
    8 - 12 Inches
    8 - 14 Inches
    30cm - 61cm
    20cm - 30cm
    20cm - 36cm


    Heat and sun tolerant plants have flowers May to September; low maintenance.

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    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    12 - 24 Inches 30cm - 61cm
    8 - 12 Inches 20cm - 30cm
    8 - 14 Inches 20cm - 36cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Edging Plant
    Uses Notes: 

    Plant alone or in combinations in all container types and the landscape

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Each flowering stem adds blooms, continuously to the end of the spike. As time goes on, the flowering stems can get rather long and tangled. Although deadheading isn't necessary for continued blooming you may find that you prefer to trim back some of the flowering stems at some point in mid-summer. This will encourage new flowering stems to emerge. Flowers will be closer to the foliage and the plant will look tidier. If you choose, you can trim all the flower stems off at once, however, you should then expect a 2 to 3 week period without flowers.

    Lovely in landscapes or as thrillers in combination containers, gauras add height, wispy texture, and movement to the design. Their graceful stems bear non-stop blooms through the heat of summer.

    Stratosphere White Gaura lindheimeri 'Gautalwhi' USPP 16,565
  • 12 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Gaura is one of my fave of all plants! It flowers all summer and the butterflies and hummingbirds love it!

      Raymonde Savoie
      , New Brunswick
      , Canada
      , 6 years ago
    • Beautiful! I live just south of the 57 parallel, and was surprised at the resilience of this plant! I have mine in 12" pots and they did wonderfully ... And added a delicate element to my garden. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Like I say .... if it will grow here, it can grow anywhere!!!

      , Canada
      , 10 years ago
    • I received this plant as the tall accent in an outdoor large basket. Everyone who saw it wanted to know what it was. Thank goodness for the Proven Winner label. I received the planter filled with all annuals and it was not until I pulled the tag this spring that I realized it was a perennial. I wish I had transplanted it into the ground. Now I cannot find it to buy again.

      Sue Shimon
      , 11 years ago
    • This is a wonderful plant to use with lilies. It hides the lily stems. My favorite thing about this plant is that it is always in motion. The stems are very lightweight so when the bees land on them they move. A real proven winner. My problem is that I can't find the white variety which is by far my favorite.

      , 12 years ago
    • This plant has been beautiful all summer and even after the last two nights of freezing it is standing tall and blooming profusely. Next year I am putting it in my containers. Just gorgeous.

      Denise Farmer
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • I live in North Cherokee County and this plant looks beautiful in our natural wooded landscape of 3 acres.

      Stefanie Bunkley
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Fantastic plant, extremely long bloom period, growth habit, and who could beat that name?

      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Nice movement in the garden. Prone to aphids late in the season.

      Jenni Z
      , California
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
  • 11 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2008 Top 10 Sawaya Garden Trial
    2008 Top 10 Sawaya Garden Trial
    2008 Top 10 Sawaya Garden Trial
    2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
    2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
    2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
    2006 Arboretum Approved Dallas Arboretum
    2005 Top Performer Penn State
    2005 Top Performer Penn State
    2005 Top Performer Penn State
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