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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-
The tubular flowers, each about 0.75 inches wide, open white in the evening and gradually fade to pinkish-
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).