Plant Patent #17,293. Cultivar name: 'SME-2'
Well well well, look at the bright new look for Gaura! 'Passionate Blush' represents such an improvement over earlier varieties that you may have to do a double take to recognize it as humble Wand Flower at all!
Compact and very floriferous, this sun lover sets bright pink blooms on much shorter stems than previous varieties, setting the flowers closer together for a more dense, colorful look. The pink is particularly bright on dark stems, and the foliage is dainty (the leaves are just an inch or so long), which makes the blooms look even bigger!
'Passionate Blush' reaches only 18 to 24 inches high and about 18 inches wide, with a rounded, upright habit. it blooms from early summer through early fall, an exceptional length of time for any Gaura, and attracts butterflies all season long. Such a pleasure in the sunny garden!
Summer isn't the only season of glory for this perennial. The new leaves unfurl burgundy in spring, keeping their red tones for several weeks before going green in warmer weather. A nice stand-out among spring-blooming bulbs!
Give this native plant well-drained soil receiving full sunshine, and pamper it a bit the first year to get it established. You'll find that it makes itself right at home the second season, and persists for years, brightening any setting over a long, long time. Highly recommended for garden or container. Zones 7-9.