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Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura

Gaura lindheimeri 'Gaudpin'

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Stratosphere Pink Picotee Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Gaudpin') at Pesche's Garden Center

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura flowers

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura flowers

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Stratosphere Pink Picotee Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Gaudpin') at Pesche's Garden Center

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura in bloom

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Butterfly Gaura

Brand:  Proven Winners


Pretty spikes of pink blushed flowers float like butterflies over dark green foliage; heat and drought tolerant; an elegant addition to borders, beds, and containers

Ornamental Features

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura features airy spikes of white star-shaped flowers with pink edges rising above the foliage from early summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura is an open herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Stratosphere™ Pink Picotee Gaura is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features