Gaura hexandra – Harlequinbush

Gaura hexandra - Harlequinbush, Harlequin-bush (flower)

Gaura hexandra - Harlequinbush, Harlequin-bush (leaves)

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Gaura hexandra

Common Names: Harlequinbush, Harlequin-bush

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Upland. It grows in grassy areas and can be difficult to spot unless it is blooming.

Flower Color: Pink

Flowering Season: Summer

Height: To 39 inches (1 m) tall

Description: The small flowers are on tall, slender flower spikes. The individual flowers have 3 or 4 bright pink, often twisted petals, 3 or 4 pinkish, reflexed sepals, and an elongated pistil. The leaves are green, hairy, alternate, sessile, and linear to lanceolate in shape.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae – Evening Primrose family
Genus: Gaura L. – beeblossom
Species: Gaura hexandra Ortega – harlequinbush

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map