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Gaura suffulta (Bee blossom)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Gaura suffulta

Gaura suffulta Engelm. ex A. Gray

Bee blossom, Kisses, Wild Honeysuckle

Onagraceae (Evening-Primrose Family)


USDA Symbol: GASU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The Bee-Blossom has 4 petals on the upper side of its flowers and 8 long stamens and 1 pistil on the lower side. The anthers are reddish-brown. This species is a weedy plant 13 feet tall with many erect branches growing from the base. Leaves are 13 inches long, mostly at the base. Flowers are in spikes, opening from the bottom upward. They vary in color from white to orchid, deep pink, or red, usually turning red as they age. The stamens point downward (248).

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 Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Shrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0083 Collected Mar. 28, 1991 in Bexar County by Mollie Walton


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Gaura suffulta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gaura suffulta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gaura suffulta


Record Last Modified: 2007-06-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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