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Duranta erecta

 
Duranta erecta
golden dewdrop, pigeonberry
Duranta erecta

Common name golden dewdrop, pigeonberry
Family verbenaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers blue
Size to 18'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Yet another not-quite-hardy plant carried by local nurseries, duranta is a shrub or small tree in areas where it is unlikely to encounter frost. In zone 8 (which describes typical winters in the Houston area), it is killed to the ground by freezes into the 20s, but is likely to regrow from the roots and bloom by end of season. It is native to tropical areas in and surrounding the Caribbean.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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