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GAURA lindheimeri 'My Melody'

Image of Gaura lindheimeri 'My Melody' PP14557

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Onagraceae

Botanical Name

GAURA lindheimeri 'My Melody' PP14557

Plant Common Name

Lindheimer's Beeblossom, My Melody Beeblossom

General Description

Lindheimer's beeblossom is a long-lived hardy perennial that is native to Texas and Louisiana. The cultivar 'My Melody' has a compact, airy habit, fine green foliage edged with yellow and tall stems lined with delicate, open, five petaled flowers with long prominent anthers. These bee and butterfly magnets appear from early summer to fall and are pink in bud opening to white. Remove spent flower stalks to extend flowering and prevent self-sowing.

Beeblossom is tolerant of drought, heat and humidity. It prefers sites with full sun and average soil with ample drainage. Plant it in sunny perennial borders and wildflower gardens. My melody beeblossom is also suitable for containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    South-Central United States, Texas

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes