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Large Flowered Gaura

Gaura longiflora

Seeds eaten by wildlife; leaves eaten by herbivores & turn red in fall; also called Butterfly Flower



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Gaura longiflora, commonly called Large Flowered Gaura but also known as Butterfly Flower or Longflower Beeblossom, is a native biennial forb (wildflower). Blooms June–October

Wildlife notes

Bees, especially bumblebees, pollinate the flowers as they drink the nectar. Other insect visitors include several types of moths, some of which use this as their larval food plant. One of these is the clouded crimson, which is white and pink like the flowers.

Forage notes

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Landscaping notes

Large Flowered Gaura prefers full sunlight and more or less mesic conditions. It tolerates many kinds of soil, include those that contain loam, clay, gravel, or sand.

Restoration notes

Occurs in open woods, fields, prairies, glades, streambanks, roadsides, and other disturbed sites, in dry or moist areas. This plant can be rather weedy and is often overlooked despite its being rather common.

This plant is commonly used in the following mixes: Wildlife Chuckwagon Mix, Butterfly and Hummingbird Mix

Videos About This Plant

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Wildlife Chuckwagon Mix

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

15 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average, Moist



Bloom Month

Sep, Oct



Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Medicinal

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq ft.

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.