Duranta

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Duranta

Duranta erecta
Brazilian Sky Flower
15

20 feet
8

12 feet
Mexico and tropical Americas
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Birds
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Partial sun; morning sun is preferred. Nearly evergreen in mild winters, this Mexican verbena can freeze to the ground and quickly rebound after very cold temperatures. Purple flowers appear throughout the warm season, followed by drapes of yellow berries. On its own, duranta forms a tall sprawling shrub, but it can be sheared or shaped as desired. Duranta has been designated as a Superstar by Texas A&M AgriLife for consistent performance and ornamental quality in a wide range of growing conditions. That said, in Hawaii, Australia and Africa it is considered highly invasive, and the berries are toxic.

Maintenance

Hedge or shape as needed to produce a manageable size; can be cut back to the ground after freeze damage.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
15-20' H, 8-12' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy, Well drained
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Blue, Purple, White
Bloom Time:
June, July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
Mature plants develop stout axillary thorns; these may be more or less common depending on the cultivar.
Coupon Eligible:
No

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