Gaura Karalee Petite Pink

Gaura lindheimeri 'Karalee Petite Pink'

Family: Gaura

Type: Perennial

Other Common Name: Butterfly Gaura

Gaura Karalee Petite Pink, a delightful perennial, is celebrated for its delicate pink flowers and graceful, airy appearance. It’s a compact variety, making it suitable for smaller gardens or spaces.

This plant is known for its long blooming period, typically from late spring to fall. The flowers dance on thin stems in the breeze, creating a whimsical, fluttering effect.

Gaura Karalee Petite Pink is drought-tolerant once established, and attracts butterflies and bees. Its low-maintenance nature makes it a favorite among gardeners looking for lasting beauty with minimal effort.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 4b-6a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Fast

Average Height (feet): 1.5

Average Spread (feet): 2

Average Life Span (years): 8

Form: Over mound


Flower Color: Pink

Flower Shape: Star

Bloom Season: From early summer to early fall

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Narrow

Landscaping Your Yard With Gaura Karalee Petite Pink

Incorporating Gaura Karalee Petite Pink into your landscape adds movement and a touch of softness. Its slender stems and pink blooms provide a contrast to more substantial plants.

Use it in borders, rock gardens, or as part of a perennial bed. Its size and form make it versatile for various garden designs.

Plant in groups for a more impactful display. Masses of Gaura Karalee Petite Pink create a sea of fluttering pink blooms, enhancing any garden scene.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

Gaura Karalee Petite Pink fits perfectly into the relaxed, abundant feel of cottage gardens. Its delicate flowers complement the informal style of these charming gardens.

Modern Garden

In modern garden settings, this plant adds a touch of softness. Its airy blooms can soften the hard lines of contemporary landscapes.

Butterfly Garden

Ideal for butterfly gardens, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink's flowers are a nectar source for butterflies. Planting it contributes to a vibrant and dynamic pollinator-friendly garden.

Gaura Karalee Petite Pink Landscaping Ideas

Pair with ornamental grasses. The contrast between the fine foliage of grasses and the delicate blooms of Gaura enhances both plants.

Combine with other perennials. Gaura Karalee Petite Pink mixes well with other sun-loving perennials in a border or garden bed.

Use as a container plant. Its compact size makes it suitable for container gardening, adding elegance to patios or balconies.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink starts to show new growth. Its foliage begins to emerge, setting the stage for the flowering season ahead.


During summer, the plant is in full bloom. The garden is adorned with its soft pink flowers, creating a lively and enchanting atmosphere.


In fall, the blooms of Gaura Karalee Petite Pink may continue until the first frost. The plant starts to prepare for dormancy, but still adds beauty to the autumn garden.


In winter, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink becomes dormant. While the above-ground parts may die back, the plant will rejuvenate and bloom again come spring.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Gaura Karalee Petite Pink is best planted in a location with full sun to partial shade. It thrives in sunny areas but appreciates some afternoon shade in hotter climates.


Full sun is ideal for this plant, as it promotes the most abundant flowering. However, it can also flourish in partial shade, where it receives some respite from intense afternoon sun.


Well-drained soil is essential for Gaura Karalee Petite Pink. It prefers a slightly acidic to neutral pH and can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy and loamy.


Space plants about 12 to 18 inches apart. This allows each plant enough room to grow and ensures proper air circulation, which is vital for preventing disease.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Gaura Karalee Petite Pink is in the spring after the threat of frost has passed, allowing the plant to establish before the hot summer months.

How to Plant

Dig a hole as deep and wide as the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, water well, and add a layer of mulch to conserve moisture and suppress weed growth.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly after planting until the plant is established. Once established, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink is drought-tolerant, requiring only occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.


Fertilize lightly in the spring with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Over-fertilizing can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of flowers.


Prune in late winter or early spring to remove dead stems and encourage bushier growth. Deadheading spent flowers during the blooming season can also promote more blooms.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, remove any dead foliage and apply a light fertilizer. Water as necessary, especially if the season is dry, to encourage new growth.

Summer Care

During summer, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink requires minimal care. Water during dry periods and deadhead regularly to encourage continuous blooming.

Fall Care

In fall, reduce watering as the plant begins to go dormant. This is a good time to add a layer of mulch for winter protection.

Winter Care

In winter, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink is dormant. In colder regions, ensure it is well-mulched. The plant typically requires no additional care during winter.


How Long Does Gaura Karalee Petite Pink Bloom?

The blooming season of Gaura Karalee Petite Pink usually lasts from late spring to fall, especially with regular deadheading to encourage continuous flowering.

Is Gaura Karalee Petite Pink Deer Resistant?

Yes, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink is generally considered deer-resistant. Its foliage and flowers are not a preferred food source for deer.

Can Gaura Karalee Petite Pink Be Grown in Containers?

Absolutely, Gaura Karalee Petite Pink can thrive in containers, provided they are adequately sized and have good drainage. This makes it suitable for balconies, patios, or small garden spaces.

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