Oenothera lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

gaura (syn. Gaura lindheimeri Whirling Butterflies)

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Buy Oenothera lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies' gaura (syn. Gaura lindheimeri Whirling Butterflies): Long-lasting, white flowers. Copes well with drought

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline)

    A graceful, hazy plant with airy wands of white, fading to pink, star-shaped flowers with distinctive long anthers like daddy long-legs, held on slender stems from May to September. This exceptionally long-flowering perennial, with slender, grey-green leaves, looks equally at home in an informal cottage-style garden or among soft grasses in a new perennial border. This variety is particularly free flowering, drought-tolerant and will soak up the sun. Give it space, as its wispy stems will lean over other plants and pathways.

  • Garden care: Resist the temptation to cut back gaura after it has flowered as it takes on beautiful autumn tints, particularly in cold weather. Cut back and lift and divide large colonies in spring.

    Please be aware that purplish-brown spotting can appear on gauras at certain times of the year and/or certain times in the plant's life cycle. This is not a disease but a physiological response to cold temperatures, and occurs when new growth has encountered unseasonably chilly conditions. It will not affect the plant's vigour or flowering potential and will often improve in warmer weather.

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Wonderful for lightening up a border


I use this plant in a mixed bed of perennials.




Lovely Plant


I have this on one side of a courtyard garden against a wall. It has flowered prolifically and the dainty flowers look like butterflies. It was a very successful purchase.




yes, this plant was perfect and beautiful


Just followed the instructions and online website on how to look after the plant and I have success.

Paul H



lovely plant


I have bought several of these plants over the years. They don't last for more than a few years I find, but they are such wonderful plants that doesn't matter. This one is tall and I think you need several of them to make a real impact. My neighbours are always complimenting me on them. They are planted with tall perovskia and they look great.




A stunningly, beautiful plant.


These plants flowered from spring until the frosts, however the very cold spell at the beginning of 2021 killed all the foliage and plants looked as though they were dead. I cut back the stems and eventually shoots appeared. They are looking very health y now, in August, but flowering has been very late this year.They are a delight to look at and the bees love them. I have some in pots outside my door and windows, where I can watch the flowers 'whirling' in the breeze. Others are attractive at the back of the border

pretty poli



A real eye-catcher


My eye is always drawn to this plant. Despite having an accident with one of the two purchased, I was surprised at how quickly it recovered going on to thrive amongst grasses, including Miscanthus Malepartus, whilst draping elegantly over Penstemon Raven.




I would definitely buy this plant again.


Delightful plant to have in the garden,especially in summer,doesn't always survive the winter though.

The bass singer



I will buy this product again


It is in a border and I like the height of it and it lasted right through until winter.




beautiful and versatile plant


I have this lovely plant in a pot in full sun and it really does love ok like butterflies floating point n the breeze. Wonderfully versatile plantm


East Kent


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I have used this plant in stone walls and also on its own massed in tubs. It is very long flowering and in an informal seaside garden such as my own, looks natural and as though it found its own way there. I have dealt with Crocus for some years and am always impressed with the way their plants are packed and arrive in such good condition.


Exmouth, Devon



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If I wait until the spring to plant gaura where should I keep them through the winter ?


If you live in a colder part of the country, ideally these should be potted up and grown on in a sheltered spot (a cold frame or unheated greenhouse would be perfect) until they are planted out in spring.


Is it too late to plant oenothera lindhermeri in Derbyshire.....cold and wet in winter!


These plants are not quite fully hardy, so in colder climates (or where the soil remains heavy and wet in winter), they are best planted in the Spring.


Can these be planted out now or would it be better to wait for the spring? Thank you.


It really depends on what growing conditions you have in your garden. These are borderline hardy, so while they would be fine to plant now in a sheltered garden with freely draining soil, it might be riskier in an exposed garden with soil that remains heavy or wet for any length of time in winter.


Could you please explain why you describe a plant as being fully hardy but then in brackets borderline? Surely a plant is half hardy, hardy or fully hardy? You could say fully hardy to -10c for example. I often find myself liking a plant but then deciding not to buy as it's fully hardy (borderline).


Thanks for your feedback. I'm afraid though that when it comes to hardiness levels it is a bit of a sliding scale. We have considered using temperatures, however this can be misleading. That's because while many plants will cope with low temperatures if the soil is freely draining, they will not tolerate the same low temperatures in soils that are heavy and wet - or if they are growing in an exposed position.


I've just bought 3 Gaura Lindheimeri plants from you. I can't find any instructions on how far apart they should be planted.


These plants have an eventual spread of around 90cm, however the planting distance will vary depending on the effect you are trying to create - and how long you are prepared to wait!



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