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 Vergenaceae 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 has flowers all summer long. Duranta erecta can grow to 6m or 20ft. Mature plants have thorns. The leaves are lighter green, elliptic, ovate, and opposite. It is a fast grower and can grow 50cm or 20in a year.
Duranta erecta flowers are lavender and appear as clusters terminally on auxiliary stems. It can flower all year depending on the climate. After flowering, 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.
It prefers moisture and the sun. Plant it in loamy, moist soil that is well-drained and preferably in the sun. You should thin the branches and prune back to keep fresh growth all the time. It is considered a weed in Australia, South and China and invasive in French Polynesia, and Hawaii.
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