Gaura lindheimeri ‘Crimson Butterflies’

(Crimson Butterflies Gaura)


Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

‘Crimson Butterflies’ is a compact cultivar that features hot pink flowers on short racemes and crimson red foliage. It was discovered in 1997 as an open-pollinated seedling variant of Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’. It is a compact, dense, upright-spreading plant that forms a foliage mound to 12” tall featuring narrow, lance-shaped leaves (to 1-3” long) that emerge crimson in spring with the addition of some green as the leaves mature. Four-petaled hot pink flowers (1” diameter) appear in wand-like panicles on red stems rising above the foliage mound to 18” tall. Flowers bloom over a very long late spring to autumn period. Flowers reportedly dance in the wind like butterflies, hence the cultivar name.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)


Best grown in sandy, loamy, well-drained soils in full sun. Good drainage is essential. A taprooted plant which tolerates heat, humidity and some drought. Remove spent flower spikes to prolong bloom period. Thin flower stems tend to become leggy and flop, particularly when grown in rich soils, and plants can benefit from close planting or support from adjacent perennials. Plants (particularly those which typically grow tall) may be cut back in late spring by 1/2 to control size. May self-seed if spent flower stems are left in place in the fall.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Crimson Butterflies Gaura

Botanical Name

Gaura lindheimeri 'Crimson Butterflies'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements






Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

summer to fall

Flower Color

Hot pink



Foliage Color

reddish purple

Deer Resistant


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