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Mentor on the Lake, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Aug 6, 2017 5:32 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. This plant was not in your database and is called whirling butterflies. I mean that's the common name. The genus name is Guara lindheimeri, Guadi Red (TM).
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Name: Zuzu
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Aug 6, 2017 5:38 PM CST

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If you looked it up as "Guara" and "Guadi," that would explain why you didn't find it. It's spelled Gaura (and Gaudi).

Gaura lindheimeri is a synonym for Oenothera lindheimeri. Your search would have taken you to this entry if you had spelled it correctly.

Appleblossom Grass (Oenothera lindheimeri)

This is the entry for Gaudi Red:

Appleblossom Grass (Oenothera lindheimeri Gaudiā„¢ Red)

This is the entry for Whirling Butterflies:

Appleblossom Grass (Oenothera lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies')
Mentor on the Lake, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Aug 6, 2017 5:49 PM CST
I did find the entry the first time I looked but only found the white one.
Name: Lauri
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Aug 7, 2017 7:44 AM CST
I frequently misspell the botanical names of plants and have found that sometimes entering less information will get me where I want to go. For example, when I just enter "Whirling Butterflies" the plant pops right up. I usually start with the common name, or even just part of the common name and see what I get. If I enter only part of the botanical name, I tend to get a long list of possibilities.
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Aug 7, 2017 12:51 PM CST
I was the same, Lauri. That is very good advice.
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