Perennials forum: Gaura 'Belleza Dark Pink'

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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
Apr 3, 2016 10:30 AM CST


This is a photo of the new gaura I bought at---SURPRISE-- Walmart. I could hardly believe it for we rarely ever get much in this garden shop that I have any interest in, especially a, I guess, fairly new hybrid. Even better, gaura is a Texas native, so I am hoping this will do well here for a long time. Another really big plus is the size--this is a gallon and a half, and the price was really reasonable. I checked the ATP Plant database and this plant is listed, but I see genus is also Oenothera, and I always used Gaura. I am going to post this pic to the data base. One other thing I learned, and this is there are a number of gaura hybrids I have never heard of and never seen. At one time, I did have Whirling Butterflies but it lasted only a few years, and I am sure it died because of too wet soil. This one is planted, hopefully, in a much better spot with faster drainage.

Name: Julia
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springcolor
Apr 3, 2016 10:44 AM CST
Very pretty, hope it does well for you. I have never had much luck with Gaura, never over winters and will not bloom for me. I think washingto may be to wet and summer not warm enough. Good find. Keep us posted on how it does.
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 3, 2016 1:09 PM CST
Guara never ever over winters for me. But it does wonderfully during the season for me.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 3, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Swirling Butterflies did too well here and self-seeded in a huge area. I had no choice but to remove it. Some seeds grew even a year or two later.
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Apr 3, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Our Whirling Butterflies never did re-seed, probably because it wasn't happy with us. Sad I loved the look of it and hope this one will last a long time. I will be looking for seedlings since it evidently can re-seed, something I didn't know.
Name: Bonnie
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droughttolerant
Apr 20, 2016 6:56 PM CST
Hi Avedon, I got three of these last spring, and they are really prolific bloomers. Mine are about three feet tall. I took this so you can see how big they can get.
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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Aug 7, 2016 3:07 PM CST
After looking at Bonnie's beautiful picture, I almost don't want to post this one, but here is our Belleza Dark Pink gaura and we are very happy with it. So are a lot of pollinators--I laugh to see the big bumblebees trying to get the nectar. They really bend down the stems--I call it Bumblebee bungee jumping.

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