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Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-05 UPDATED!

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gaura lindheimeri

Gaura lindheimeri

Gaura or Whirling butterflies

Thanks to jerztomato, this mystery flower has been id'd!! According to my garden book, gaura is a Southwest native and long-lived perennial. Very low maintenance. It can tolerate drought, likes sun, and doesn't need much attention at all. It blooms for months, and will self seed, so the post-bloom spikes should be cut back or you'll end up with more gaura than you'll know what to do with. If you're not fond of pink, there's a white version, too.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

Last week people were guessing Kathryn's mystery plant was a gaura, but it wasn't. This certainly is the pinkest one I've ever seen. Very easy to grow and is a prolific bloomer.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Something keeps nagging me about that mystery plant. I am now thinking it may have been a tropical bulb like some amaryllis or Crinum or Velmia. I just haven't found it yet.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I tried to google it, but I didn't find anything. I have lots of books, but I've gotten lazy. It's just so much easier to look it up on line.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Velmia was supposed to read Veltheamia.
I lost the middle 2 syllables.

But this genus is not it. Wrong wrong.

This mystery plant really puzzles me.

Wish I had more clues !