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Contorted gaura

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Gaura Flowering on Contorted Stalk 4515

In the Balcones District Park on May 13th I found not only a firewheel with conjoined flower heads but also a strangely contorted stalk of Gaura coccinea.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 16, 2016 at 5:00 AM

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  1. Seeking companionship…


    June 16, 2016 at 8:51 AM

  2. What goes down, must come up. Who knew plants had a sense of humour?


    June 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM

  3. Gaura the bride. I grew it from seed years ago .. And each year it shows off in my garden 😃


    June 17, 2016 at 3:14 PM

  4. I still remember my excitement at finding my first gaura in Kansas, in the fall. This year, I’ve already seen a few, and hope to see many more over the next months. This pair’s delicate and pretty. With a little imagination, it’s not hard to complete the curves and see them as a two-circle Venn diagram.


    June 17, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    • You get the prize for being the first person ever to speak of a Venn diagram here.

      Gaura is much more common than most people realize. In fact most people have never heard of it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 17, 2016 at 9:58 PM

  5. I often wonder how these contortions come about. Of course, gravity has a lot to do with it, but not all plants succumb to gravity’s pull. I often find trees in all sorts of shapes. My favorite being this tree at Acadia.

    Steve Gingold

    June 21, 2016 at 6:55 PM

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