Gaura coccinea
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Gaura coccinea

scarlet gaura

  family onagraceae 
  genus gaura 

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Genus  Gaura Species  coccinea Variety  Cultivar  Common names  scarlet gaura Family  ONAGRACEAE Specimen number  S11794 Data source  HtZn p118;Frgnt p289
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Ascending Overall height  1' - 5' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry, well drained Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Gaura coccinea has flowers that are mildly perfume scented. Scarlet gaura can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species does well in sandy soils. Full sun to partial shade is best for growing this plant. It needs soil that is dry, well drained. This species is drought tolerant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  honeysuckle scented flowers. sweet and intense Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Gaura coccinea is a wildflower.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Flowers: Gaura coccinea has four-petaled flowers that turn red as they age. Flowers begin in June and don't stop until August. The flowers are usually a white color, with an accent in pink.

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