Grazing North Texas: Gaura

By Tony Dean

There are at least 10 species of gaura in north central Texas. Across these species, they vary from being eight inches tall to being head high. Even with this difference in size, gaura is easily recognizable. However, it is sometimes difficult to know the exact species, due partly to a great deal of hybridization.

Gauras are in the Evening Primrose Family and have been called beeblossom. They can be perennial, biennial and annual, but most of the species in north Texas are perennial.

Gaura can flourish in a variety of conditions. It is adapted to a wide variety of soils, but most species favor well drained upland sites. Gaura is a cold tolerant plant and yet can tolerate full sun. Some species can form colonies and can be invasive.

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