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Vick, Albert F. W.
Gaura biennis L.
Biennial beeblossom, Biennial gaura
Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)
USDA Symbol: GABI2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Long-tubed whtie flowers, turning pink with age, bloom 2 or 3 at a time in clusters on long, wand-like spikes branching from the top portion of this 2-5 ft. biennial.
The genus Gaura is composed of rather weedy plants, with leaves borne singly on the stems and frequently in a basal rosette. The flowers are in spikes or racemes, or are branching. They open in the evening. The 4 petals are on the upper side of the flower, giving it a slightly bilateral symmetry. There are normally 8 prominent stamens and 1 pistil; these are on the lower side. The stamens have reddish-brown anthers. The genus is easily recognized, but the species are sometimes difficult, due partly to a great deal of hybridization.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WV Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution:
Que. to s.e. MN,
s. to GA
& LA Native Habitat:
Prairies; open woods; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Grow from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff