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Indian feather Oenothera lindheimeri

Previously known as:

  • Gaura lindheimeri
Phonetic Spelling
ee-no-THEE-ruh lind-HY-mer-ee
Description

White gaura is a native clump-forming herbaceous perennial of Texas and Lousiana and is found in prairies, pinelands and pond edges. It blooms with white to pink flowers during the summer till frost.

It needs well-drained soils to prevent root rot and does best in sandy loam in full sun. Soil that is too rich will cause leaf growth and less flowering. The taproot helps make it drought and heat tolerant. Use this plant in naturalized areas so it can spread by rhizomes and seeds. Attracts pollinators.

Cultivars are available with pink blooms and compact varieties and may be better for use in gardens.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Lake Wall Garden Patio Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Belleza', 'Passionate Blush', 'Passionate Rainbow', 'Siskiyou Pink', 'Sparkle White', 'Walgaupf', 'Whirling Butterflies'
Tags:
#white#sun#full sun#partial shade#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#perennial#white flowers#container plant#pink flowers#native perennial#fall interest#ncemgva2018#NC native#summer flowers#deer browsing plant#deer resistant#light pink flowers#native garden#naturalizes#naturalized area
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Belleza', 'Passionate Blush', 'Passionate Rainbow', 'Siskiyou Pink', 'Sparkle White', 'Walgaupf', 'Whirling Butterflies'
Tags:
#white#sun#full sun#partial shade#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#perennial#white flowers#container plant#pink flowers#native perennial#fall interest#ncemgva2018#NC native#summer flowers#deer browsing plant#deer resistant#light pink flowers#native garden#naturalizes#naturalized area
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Oenothera
    Species:
    lindheimeri
    Family:
    Onagraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    LA, TX
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators. Moderately deer resistant.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought and heat
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Open
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are white, fading to light pink, which blooms from summer through fall. Only a few flowers are open on the stalks at one time. They have 4 petals with the petals being on the upward side and long conspicuous stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Lance-shaped leaves are 1-3 inches long and .5 inch wide with fine hairs and coarsely toothed margins. They are in a basal rosette and also grow up the stems. May have some maroon markings.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Wiry green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Rock Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Moths
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat