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Gaura (Oenothera) Passionate Blush

Gaura (Oenothera) lindheimeri = ‘Sme-2’

Gaura (Oenothera) Passionate Blush ‘Sme-2’ is the result of significant breeding improvements offering a dense, upright, erect habit that retains a neat appearance throughout the seasons. This compact perennial grows 18″ tall by 20″ wide with 1″ long leaves along red stems and reddish buds that open to a display of beautiful pink flowers. The prolific display of flowers are borne on shorter than usual stems and will add color to garden borders for an extensive season with main flushes during the warmer months and spot flowering during winter months.

‘Sme-2’ is the perfect selection for the traditional cottage style garden where it can casually intermingle with other frothing perennials in a border for that romantic ambiance often sought after. The dense, upright habit coupled with burgundy coloring in the new growth makes Passionate Blush ‘Sme-2’ a terrific specimen shrub as well as offering the potential for creating an eye-catching, informal hedge. It will perform well in the border and is also terrific in large size containers or tubs for inner-city gardens or paved areas.

Origin: Australia

Description / Plant Notes:

  • USDA Zone 7 (-0°F or -17°C)
  • Fast-growing, compact mounding habit
  • Exceptionally long flowering period
  • Great for the commercial landscape

Patent Status: PP 17,293

PK Sheet
USDA Zone: 7 - 11
Height: 12 to 18-inches
30 to 46-centimeters
Spread: 16 to 20-inches
41 to 51-centimeters
Seasons: Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Autumn
Flower Colors: Pink
Foliage Colors: Green
Growth Habit: Compact-mounded
Patent Status: PP 17,293
Origin: Australia

Grower Culture

Media: Well-draining media
pH: 5.5pH to 6.2pH
Fertilization: High | 250 ppm
Light: High
Water: Well-Drained to Moderate
Crop Timing from Rooted Liners:
4-inch: 6 to 8-weeks with 1 ppp
1-gallon: 10 to 12-weeks with 1 ppp