Gaura lindheimeri’s known by their common name ‘Bee Blossom’ is from the Onagraceae family of plants, they were scarcely known in normal production nurseries and with the exception of the cultivar whirling butterflies was scarcely seen. That began to change in 1994 with the introduction of Gaura “Siskiyou Pink”, an introduction by Mr. Baldassare Mineo and his company Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery, Medford, Oregon, U.S.A.
Gaura “Siskiyou Pink” was found as a pink flowering sport of a white flowering seedling of Gaura lindheimeri. Mr. Mineo and the cultivar “Siskyou Pink” can claim responsibility for the introduction for the genus Gaura to mainstream perennial growers around the world. Later Mr. Baldassare Mineo introduced Gaura “Passionate Pink”™ and Gaura “Pink Lady”.
The most popular and long standing “Crimson Butterflies” are offspring of Gaura lindheimeri “Siskiyou Pink” as well and were bred and developed by Mr. Howard Bentley of Plant Growers Australia, Victoria, Australia.