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Southern Beeblossom      Gaura angustifolia

Gaura is a genus of flowering plants in the family Onagraceae (primrosewillow or eveningprimrose).  It includes many species known as Beeblossoms.  The Southern BeeBlossum is a native plant found in the southeastern United States.  In Florida, it is found in almost every county.  Other names for this plant include Gaura, Oenothera simulans, Morning Honeysuckle, and Southern Butterfly Weed.

This plant is found alongside dry roadsides, vacant fields, and pinelands.  It grows to a height of 2-4 feet.  The slender upright stem has a basal rosette of leaves.  There are fewer leaves as one progresses up the stem.  Near the top, flowers form in spikes (racemes) about 2-12 inches long.

The tubular flowers, each about 0.75 inches wide, open white in the evening and gradually fade to pinkish-white the next morning, when they close and eventually fade away.  These flowers usually have 4 petals, 4 sepals, and 6-8 stamens.  They bloom from spring through summer.  The fruits produced are 4-sided brown capsules about 0.5 inch long.  The capsules contain reddish-brown seeds.

These plants attract bees and butterflies.  They serve as host plants for the Gaura Sphinx Moth and Clouded Crimson Moth.

The photos shown on this page were taken Deep Creek in Charlotte County.

The range distribution maps for the Southern Beeblossom are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).