Gaura Rust

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.

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About Don Ferrin

I am an associate professor and extension specialist in the Department of Plant Patholgy & Crop Physiology with the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge. I have statewide responsibility for issues and educational programs related to diseases of all horticultural crops in Louisiana.
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