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Gaura 'Crimson Butterflies' (Butterfly bush, Gaura)

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Plant description

Gaura 'Crimson Butterflies' is a herbaceous perennial plant with striking deep burgundy coloured foliage, and deep hot pink flowers for most of the year. This plant is a very compact form of the popular and hardy Gaura. The flowers are borne on shorter sturdier stems, too. It is a very low maintenance plant with few pests or diseases to trouble it. It prefers a sunny location and tolerates a wide range of soil types. It is frost and salt tolerant, and will grow in hot dry conditions. Best performance will be achieved in well drained moist soil. Fertilise through the warmer months with a good general purpose fertiliser. Cut the plant back by a third in spring to rejuvenate it. A good container plant.

Propagation is by division of the plant. It grows from rhizomatous roots.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, moths, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.1-7.8

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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