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Passionate Pink Gaura

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink'

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Passionate Pink Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink' flowers

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink' flowers

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Passionate Pink Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink' in bloom

Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Pink' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Butterfly Gaura

Description:

This recent cultivar of an increasingly popular species is upright and compact with burgundy infused foliage whose color deepens in full sunlight; the intense hot pink flowers put on a great show above the foliage; lightly prune stems for re-blooming

Ornamental Features

Passionate Pink Gaura features airy spikes of hot pink star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive ruby-red flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Passionate Pink Gaura is an open herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Passionate Pink Gaura is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Passionate Pink Gaura will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Passionate Pink Gaura is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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