Golden Dewdrop

Common name(s): Golden Dewdrop, Pigeon Berry, Skyflower

Scientific name: Duranta erecta

Plant family: VERBENACEAE

Origin: Tropical and subtropical Americas

Description: Evergreen sprawling shrub, sometimes small tree, considered invasive in some tropical islands. Grows up to 10-20 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide. Grows shiny rich green leaves and loose clusters of showy light blue to purple flowers and yellow-orange clusters of fruit. Mature plants grow thorns. The blossoms are born on arching and vine-like branches. Grows drooping clusters of golden berries. Semi-weeping, but can be kept as a rounded shrub.

Growing Conditions: Found on rocky or sandy coastal areas with full sun and well-drained soils. Flowers appear from summer to fall and fruits in late summer to fall. The plant is fast-growing and easy to maintain. Due to its fast growing nature, frequent pruning is required to keep the plant compact.

Wildlife: Watch for whiteflies, otherwise, no serious insect or disease problems. Birds feast on the berries.

Relation to Nehrling Gardens:

Location in Gardens: F8

Additional Information: The berries and leaves are toxic to people and most animals.

Sponsored by: Ixora Garden Club of Sanford