Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry, Skyflower
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.
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Generally not harvested
Sow seed in situ as soil warms up in spring time.
Semi-ripe cuttings can be rooted with bottom heat in summer time.
Attracts birds that feed on the berries.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees when in flower.
Plant reacts well to pruning, making it a good plant for creating hedges.
Flowers are sky-blue, purple or blue sometimes with white border.
America, Mexico to South America, the Caribbean Islands
Temperate to Tropical
Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Generally problem free