Royal purple, 1/2" blooms that are edged in white lace, are born in grape-like
drooping clusters from spring/summer to frost on this large tropical
shrub sometimes grown as a tender perennial or annual. In freeze-free
climates the Duranta can be used as a hedge or screen or train them into
beautiful small trees. In the mildest portions of zone 8B-9 it will
often act as a die-back perennial. The blooms are followed by 1/2"
giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'.
Interestingly this is
another plant, along with Porterweed, that I consistently find when
visiting butterfly conservatories. Considered a native of southern
Florida, the Skyflower can grow into a small tree or large shrub in
freeze free areas but will often act like a die-back perennial in mild
winter areas. Periodic removal of the spent flower clusters will promote
more flowers instead of fruit.
Grows To: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline
Salt Tolerance: Slight to Moderate
Deer Resistance: Not Normally Bothered
Native To / Origin: US - FL, Brazil
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Berries-Toxic
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