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Gaura (Oenothera) ‘Passionate Rainbow’

Gaura (Oenothera) lindheimeri

Gaura (Oenothera) lindheimeri ‘Passionate Rainbow’ boasts both unique flowers and foliage. The narrow, tricolor variegated green leaves are bordered in creamy white. Early spring foliage is burgundy red that matures to green, with cream accents and pink stems. Soft pink flowers with magenta centers bloom late spring to fall. The pink pigment from the flowers also gives the foliage a reddish-pink overlay in full sun. Flower formation differs from other Gauras: the pink flowers form at the tips and on side branches rather than on long wispy stems. The upright, erect form keeps a tall dense habit and also retains a neat appearance throughout the winter months. In the landscape, it has tested to be more compact and more tightly flowering than a typical Gaura.

Origin: Australia

Description / Plant Notes:

  • USDA Zone 7 (-0°F or -17°C)
  • Tight compact mounding habit
  • Excellent garden performance
  • Exceptionally long flowering period
  • Great for the commercial landscape

Patent Status: PP 17,002

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: Hot Pink
Foliage Colors: Pink-burgundy, Variegated, Cream, Red
Light Levels: Full-Sun
Growth Habit: Compact-mounded
Usage: Borders, Container Gardens, Containers, Garden border, Gardens, Landscapes, Mass landscape planting, Pollinator Plant, Pots
Patent Status: PP 17,002
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