Etymology: Gaura: from the Greek gauros, "proud," from the showy flowers of some ssp.
Plants: erect, annual/biennial, 3'-6' tall forb, coarse, often hairy, branched at the top
Leaves: lance-like to oblong, alternate
Flowers: pink to red, 4-parted, 1/2"-1 1/4" wide, petals all from one side of the flower; inflorescence with many flowers on several spikes; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruits: 4-sided, stalkless
Habitat: sun; dry; prairies, woods, shores
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 2, Wetland Indicator = FACU- Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key