Oenothera suffrutescens (Gaura coccinea)
Soil: Xeric (Dry). Drought tolerant.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 8 inches – 2 feet
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Season: June – August
Suggested Uses: Scarlet Gaura is a perennial that grows well in dry, poor quality soils and is frequently found growing on dry, hillside prairies and ditches. It is hardy and easy to grow! It will spread by rhizomes to form colonies.
Native Range: Native to the western edge of Minnesota. Native throughout the Great Plains and much of the Southwest.
Pollinators: Moths pollinate flowers at night.
Flowers: Flowers form in a spike. Each flower is about 1/2″ in diameter. Flowers bloom white in the evening, stay open throughout the night and gradually fade to deep salmon pink before wilting the following day.
Leaves: Leaves are alternate, usually lance-shaped and very gently lobed. Stems are hairy. Plant has a silvery appearance.
Other Names: Gaura coccinea, Scarlet Bee Blossom.
More information: USDA plant profile