Gaura lindheimeri (ONAGRACEAE) Butterfly Bush, Clockweed

Weeds to Whack

Gaura lindheimeri is a perennial herb with wand-like flowering stalks that grow about 1.5 m tall. Common in gardens and now escaping to become naturalised along watercourses and in waste areas. Native to southern North America. Class 5 weed in NSW. Weed risk low here, very few specimens naturalised. Leaves are light green to 10 cm long, sessile, elongated, narrow. Pronunciation: GAR-ruh lind-HYE-mur-eye
Photo: Robert Whyte

Flowers and Foliage

Pinkish-white flowers occur in spikes that continue to elongate during the bloom period with only a few flowers in bloom at the same time. The older flowers drop off the spike and are replaced by new ones throughout the long blooming season.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Flowers Close-up

Thrives in full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil has a deep carrot-like root that does not transplant well. Spreads by seed, propagates easily.
Photo: Robert Whyte