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VELVETY GAURA - Gaura mollis

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IDENTIFICATION
Common Name: VELVETY GAURA
Other Common Names: velvetweed
Scientific Name: Gaura mollis
Derivation: mollis - soft.
Synonyms: Gaura parviflora
Family: Evening Primrose - Onagraceae
Species Characteristics: plant with spreading branches at the top; sepals 1.5 - 3 mm long; petals 1.5 - 2 mm long.
Mature Height: up to 5 feet.
Flower Color: pink
Petal Number: 4
Flower Symmetry: bilateral
Leaf Type: simple (not divided into similar parts).
ECOLOGY
Origin: native
Frequency: common
Growth Form: herbaceous
Life Cycle: annual to biennial.
Class: angiosperm (plant with covered seed).
SubClass: dicot (plants with two seed leaves and netted leaf veins).
Season of Bloom: spring to fall (Mar. - Oct.).
Life Zone: plains
Habitat: roadsides, disturbed areas.
Eco. Relationships: attracts butterflies.

WEED MANAGEMENT
Origin: native

LANDSCAPING
Light Requirement: full sun.
Soil Requirement: well-drained, loamy or sandy soils with a pH of neutral to slightly alkaline.

HUMAN CONNECTIONS

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