Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' Wandflower



Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' Wandflower has snowy white flowers with a hint of pink. The blooms dance on graceful, wiry stems from late spring to mid-fall, almost like butterflies in flight. It has an unparalleled appeal to pollinators.

'Whirling Butterflies' is a variety of Gaura lindheimeri (or Oenothera lindheimeri), a native plant to Texas and Louisiana.

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' prefers full sun and thrives in average to poor, well-draining soil. Wandflower is a tap-rooted perennial so it is very drought tolerant, but does not enjoy being transplanted after it's established.

The foliage of 'Whirling Butterflies' Wandflower typically has small, maroon spots that become more noticeable in cool fall weather. (Don't worry, it does not harm the plant.)

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' Wandflower is a must-have in any pollinator or cottage garden!


  • Common Names: Wandflower, Bee Flower
  • Zones: 5-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers average soil, requires good drainage.
  • Height at Maturity: 24-36
  • Width at Maturity: 24-36
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: Early summer to midfall
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions. Drought.
  • Other Features: Container Plant. Cut Flower. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.