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Karalee Petite Pink Gaura

Gaura lindheimeri 'Karalee Petite Pink'

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Karalee Petite Pink Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Karalee Petite Pink') at Pesche's Garden Center

Karalee Petite Pink Gaura flowers

Karalee Petite Pink Gaura flowers

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Karalee Petite Pink Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri 'Karalee Petite Pink') at Pesche's Garden Center

Karalee Petite Pink Gaura in bloom

Karalee Petite Pink Gaura in bloom

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Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Butterfly Gaura


Compact growth with delightful, arching panicles of coral-pink flowers that float above the graceful foliage; great texture and vase shape for a delicate, airy look; this fine native is a buttelfly magnet

Ornamental Features

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

Landscape Attributes

Karalee Petite Pink 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.

Karalee Petite Pink Gaura is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Karalee Petite Pink Gaura will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. 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 covering it with a thick layer of mulch 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.

Karalee Petite Pink Gaura is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. 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.

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