Gaura, Biennial

Gaura biennis
A terminally branched 3-8' plant with a downy stem. The upper surfaces of the side branches may be red near the base. The alternate, slender sessile leaves may be toothed or smooth edged. The 1/3" flowers are in small compact clusters at the ends of the main stem and side branches and bloom 2 or 3 at a time. The 4 petals are mostly located toward the upper part of the flower circumference, have a narrow base, and are white but turn pink with age. The 4 very narrow hairy sepals are sweptback, the 8 stamens are long and protruding and the stigma is 4-part. The fruit is fusiform and 4-ribbed. Blooms July-October in fields, stream banks, roadsides.