Plant of the Week
Gaura is a Central Texas native named after Ferdinand Lindheimer, an early Texas botanist, who discovered and named many great plants. Gaura is one of his finds, a sun-loving hardy perennial that survives on very little water.
It's a small (2-4') accent plant with spikes of flowers from late spring through fall. This pink variety is ‘Siskiyou Pink'. There's also a white, called ‘Whirling Butterflies'. The flowers on both varieties look like little butterflies hovering over the foliage as the wind moves through their wiry stems.
Its leaves may suffer a little disease damage, but not enough to warrant spraying it. Once established, it's pretty carefree, and just needs pruning back a few times a year.