Duranta

Duranta erecta

Golden Dewdrop, Pigeonberry, Skyflower

profile iconGolden Dewdrop (Duranta erecta)
by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Duranta erecta
profile iconGolden Dewdrop (Duranta erecta)
by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)
1 of 6
Duranta erecta is a sprawling shrub or infrequently a small tree and was introduced into gardens for its excellent hedging properties. It is no longer cultivated for a number of reasons, including the fact that the sharp thorns make pruning difficult. It has also been noted as a plant that has the potential to be invasive in South Africa, and the berries are poisonous to humans and pets. New varieties like Duranta ‘Sheena's Gold' have replaced Duranta erecta in garden and landscape use with beautiful golden foilage.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in situ as soil warms up in spring time.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings can be rooted with bottom heat in summer time.

Special features

Attracts birds

Attracts birds that feed on the berries.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees when in flower.

Hedge plant

Plant reacts well to pruning, making it a good plant for creating hedges.

Attractive flowers

Flowers are sky-blue, purple or blue sometimes with white border.

Special features

Origin

America, Mexico to South America, the Caribbean Islands

Natural climate

Temperate to Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Verbenaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free
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