|Scientific Name||Oenothera suffrutescens (Gaura coccinea)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||OESU3|
|Common Name||Scarlet Gaura, Scarlet Beeblossom||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||836008|
|Family||Onagraceae (Evening Primrose)||SEINet
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 9500 ft.); sandy and calcareous soils in prairies, meadows, disturbed areas and a variety of environments.
Plant: Erect, somewhat hairy multi-stemmed perennial, usually up to 20 inches tall, but may be taller.
Leaves: Alternate, stalkless, narrow, linear to linear-oblanceolate leaves, 1/2 to 2-1/2 inches long, crowded along the stems; margins entire to somewhat dentate.
Inflorescence: Densely-flowered terminal spike 2 to 6 inches long elongating with age, often lax or nodding at the tip; small flowers about 5/8-inch across; 4 sepals less than 1/4 to 3/8-inch long; 4 short, white to pink petals 1/4-inch long becoming red to dark-red with age; 8 stamens with long white filaments and red anthers.
Bloom Period: May to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet; Gaura coccinea in "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi.
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