Oenothera lindheimeri

gaura ( syn. Gaura lindheimeri )

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Buy Oenothera lindheimeri gaura ( syn. Gaura lindheimeri ): Light and airy through summer

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 but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

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

  • Garden care: Resist the temptation to cut back after the plant has flowered, as it takes on beautiful autumn tints, particularly in cold weather. Cut back 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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Gorgeous plants, thriving


Lovely plants providing colour later in the season. Look fabulous in the border dancing in the wind. Thriving in their second year.




Elegant, lyrical white petals on long flexible stalks.


Wonderful height and movement. Lyrical; white elegant petals bobbing on tips of long flexible stalks. Thrives in a large pot. Autumnal colour and interest.


North Norfolk


Plants suffered because of my neglect


I am afraid I got these for a friend then didn't see her at the expected time so the plants sat in their small pots and didn't get the care I should have given them.




Lovely but not 100% reliable


Lovely plants that established themselves well, but disappointed when two inexplicably failed to come back this year. 🤷‍♀️






I purchased 3 plants in May 2021 and I am very disappointed that none of these plants have produced any flowers and unfortunately it is looking unlikely that they ever will.




super Gaura, at a great price


I have grown several different varieties of Gaura, from many suppliers, those supplied by Crocus, were the healthiest, largest, and grew the quickest, off all.Wonderful plants ! I will definitely buy from Crocus again.




Yes. Would definitely buy this again.


Planted in full sun beside my patio step. Flowers are beautiful, delicate and lasted well into the Autumn. When I received the plant there were a few dark spots on the leaves. I kept the plant but my money was refunded. I was reassured that my Gaura should recover once planted out and allowed to settle. It certainly did recover and thrive! Thank you Crocus! Plant still fine and I am hopeful it will survive the Winter.

Nature Lover



Lovely healthy plant


A screen for the back of a flower bed.

Mr H

East Anglia


Grew away fast and is much taller than specified.


Whilst this plant has grown vigorously it has been planted in the wrong place as it has grown so tall and smothered other plants in the area.

One for the back of a border

West Wittering



Planted amongst verbena and grasses it didn't need staking and has been the highlight of my garden.





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I cut back my gaura back to ground level in winter and it's now middle of June and there is no new growth, and it looks basically dead. Is there any way I can revive the plant or is it too late?


For many perennials it's a good idea not to cut them back too hard over the winter as the previous year's growth provides some protection against the harshest weather. This spring was especially cold so it may well be that this plant has not made it. I suggest you send us some photos with your order number to customerservices@crocus.co.uk - mention you posted here first and we can take a look.


when is the best time to play Gaura outdoors?


I suspect that was a typo and you are enquiring about planting...so I would say that (as these plants are fully hardy), they can be planted out at any time - provided the ground is neither waterlogged or frozen. Traditionally however, many people prefer to plant in spring or autumn as the temperatures are lower and the plants tend to settle in quite quickly.


I like the plant but it always seems to flop over - do you have to support it?


Hello, No, not necessarily, however if these plants are not getting lots of sun, then they can get a little floppy and may need support.


Can you plant small gaura plants directly in outside beds in October? Or should they be repotted on to larger pots and planted out in the spring?

Sweet scented

Hello there These plants are fully hardy so can be planted outside now as long as the ground isn't frozen or waterlogged, and it isn't freezing outside. However these are young plants, and they won't like sitting in a soggy flower bed over the winter, so if you are worried about this you could pot them up, grow them on and then plant out in the spring.

I have not cut back my Gaura Lindheimeri in Autumn, it is now March and it looks dead, no buds, etc. Is it possible to save now? Where are you meant to cut back to, the ground? Thanks Emma


Hello there They will still look quite dead as really it is too early for them to be showing any growth.You can cut the dead foliage off now, and then will reshoot from the base, but I tend to leave cutting mine back until end of this month after the worst of the cold. Hope this helps.


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