Gaura lindheimeri is a plant native to southwestern Louisiana and Texas that is becoming increasingly popular as a landscape plant because it is a sun-loving, summer-flowering perennial that once established is fairly drought tolerant. For more on the horticultural merits of this plant, please see Dan Gill’s “Get It Growing” video at the LSUAgCenter.com (http://tinyurl.com/cl235nv). The one drawback I see to this plant from personal experience is that it does get a rust, caused by Uromyces plumbarius, that can get quite severe on the foliage. Planting in a well-drained, sunny location with good air circulation should help keep this problem to a minimum.
Donald M. Ferrin, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA