Duranta repens is known as Duranta erecta and is native to Central and South America, more particularly Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, it has dripping violet colors in multi-clustered flowers. Other common names include Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry, and Skyflower.
It is part of the Verbenaceae family of plants. Duranta erecta was named after Castore Durante da Gualdo (1529-1590), an Italian botanist. It is known as Duranta erecta and D. repens is an older name especially referring to varieties that had smaller leaves.
It is an evergreen shrub that attracts butterflies and flowers all summer long. Duranta erecta grows to 6m or 20ft. Mature plants have thorns. The leaves are lighter green. They are elliptic, ovate, and opposite. Duranta erecta is a fast grower and can grow 50cm or 20in a year.
Duranta erecta flowers are lavender. They grow in terminal clusters on auxiliary stems. It can flower all year depending on the climate. Berries follow the flowers. It produces yellow-orange berries, each containing several seeds. The unripened berries as well as the leaves are toxic. However, songbirds do feed on the berries.
How to grow Duranta erecta:
Grow Duranta erecta in the sun. Plant it in loamy, moist soil that is well-drained. Moisture is important but never soggy. You should thin the branches. Prune back to keep fresh growth all the time. Duranta erecta is considered a weed in Australia, South and China and invasive in French Polynesia, and Hawaii.
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