Gaura lindheimeri, the beeblossom
I have three young Gaura plants planted this Spring and they produced their very first flowers. This is a perennial native to North America where it grows wild from Louisiana and Texas to south to Mexico. Flowers are pink or white and remind of butterfly.
They develop a very long tap root and need deep, well drained soil in full sun and are perfect for dry corners in the garden.
Flower stalk are tall and should be cut back once the flowers fade away. It may take the second flowering later on in season.
Gaura can be grown from seed but if you want the plants true to the mother plant divide the clump in Spring. Gaura forms large lumps of branches that need to be pruned in order to keep neat appearance. Looks best mixed with ornamental grasses and Asters.
pink flowers; image credit: vanbloem.com