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What's In Bloom Today?

By: Sandra Nelson

Whether you know it as Wandflower. Whirling Butterfly or Gaura, this native wildflower is a must for the garden.


Another low maintenance choice, this long blooming, (August through October) clumping herbaceous perennial grows best in a full sun location with sandy, well-drained soil. It tolerates heat, humidity and drought. Wiry stems, which can range from 18 inches to 4 feet in height, sport airy blossoms that bloom in shades of pink, white and a brilliant reddish-pink.

Beautiful naturalized, or as accent plants in a mixed border, the newer varieties are also striking in containers. Plants in the garden will self-seed, but are difficult to divide because of their deep tap root. Pair them with butterfly weed, globe thistle, yellow yarrow, rattlesnake master or Autumn Joy sedum to attract multitudes of butterflies and other fall pollinators.