Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Light Blue Blue-Violet Violet/Lavender Purple
Bloom Time: Late Summer/Early Fall Blooms repeatedly
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From leaf cuttings From woody stem cuttings From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
On Feb 20, 2012, amansker from Escondido, CA wrote:
Thrives in Vista, CA (7 miles inland, north county San Diego). Hummingbirds love it. We have many hummingbird friendly plants and this one is one of their first two picks. They do like water, but drought resistant. Does "OK" in the hottest part of the summer, prefer Jan-June and Sept-Nov.
On Nov 30, 2009, Horologium from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Vigorous grower; flowers all year long. Very showy, and the butterflies and honeybees are fond of the plant.
A note of caution, though: all parts of the plant are toxic to people and house pets. A publication from WWF/Australia notes that a 2 year old child died after eating berries, and six puppies and a cat have been killed after ingesting parts of the plants.
On Jul 13, 2009, khabbab from lahore Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:
On lahore pakistan it is mostly used as a hedge. It is evergreen here and blooms in late summer for almost 3 months. It is mid-july here and still no blooms on it. I tried bloom booster mild doses few times but no avail. Last year it bloomed in september for one month. Blooms are chocolaty fragrant. Butterflies like its nectar. It needs moisture and lots of water in hot summers. It gives much more flowers in soil bed as compared to clay pots like mine.
On Jan 26, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Golden Dew Drop, Sky Flower, Pigeon Berry (Duranta erecta) is native to Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Texas (Counties: Bexar, Kleberg), Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is an introduced plant that has naturalized in the Hawaiian Islands. I do not have the native variety; however, I do have 'Sweet Memories' which has been an easily grown plant that requires little maintenance.
On Jun 16, 2007, mypetalpatch from Cloverdale, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
A self-admitted plant-aholic, I saw this plant for the first time in full-flower in a 10" hanging basket at the SF Floral Mart in '06. Wow! Took it home and expected to have to baby it. Didn't need to. I did move it up a pot size as it was a bit crowded and I was having too water frequently. Had it in sun to almost full shade (good reflected light) and it stays blooming. I water when the leaves just start to dull (before wilt). Not knowing better, I kept deadheading the scapes as they got longer so I never got to see the berries that I had no idea came. I even really pruned the thing back pretty hard in Feb and it's starting to flower again now (early June). Think I have a few cuttings going from semi-hardwood clippings. What a great find!
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area our Duranta survived an abnormal 5-day freeze with temps as low as 21 and has come back with incredible vigor. We think that the flowers' strong fragrance is a reminder of chocolate syrup from our childhood called Bosco with a slightly artificial chocolate and vanilla scent.
On Aug 9, 2006, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
These plants can be pruned as needed to maintain a low heighth and compact growth habit. They can otherwise tend to throw off long, dangling, cascading arms which can be nice in some settings where the plant can grow tall and unchecked, but the plant is not harmed at all by pruning close to the main stem to encourage a bushier look.
On Aug 8, 2006, shellabella from West Central, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have had no trouble with this plant . It gets afternoon sun and seems to be able to take the Florida heat and humidity very well. It has continued to bloom all summer without any pest problems. Easy care and heat tolerant with pretty blooms , couldn't ask for more!
On Jul 9, 2006, princessnonie from New Caney, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I love this beautiful plant but in our zone ( 8b) they freeze to the ground...They generally reemerge but in 2005 they were hit by a second freeze just as they were coming back..This killed ours..It's so pretty we're trying again and we'll mulch more heavily this year...
On Jul 31, 2004, TampaBayMD from Riverview, FL wrote:
I have several of the variegated variety in limited shade. The plants are growing profusely, both tall and full. The foliage coloration is gorgeous...so it' s serving well as a landscape planting. But after three years not a single bloom ever!!! The standard variety plants in the area all have blooms. Is there a way to "force" this variety?
On May 18, 2003, SILady from Enterprise, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have a couple of these, one in full sun and one in partial shade (I am in USDA Zone 9b.) Mine have done great! There was some die-back from a winter where we had temperatures down to 25° F but the plants have come back fantastically - no problems I'm aware of.
I own and operate a nursery in northern Florida (USDA Zone 8b. ) We live in a valley and the lows can get down to 12°F. In this zone, it dies to the ground and comes up every year without mulching. The soil here is all sand here with no clay underlay. This plant seems to do very well in a morning sun/late afternoon sun but does not like full afternoon sun from mid-June through September. The leaves droop to conserve moisture.
It's very low maintenance and very showy, although it does have thorns.
On Oct 16, 2002, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Very attractive native, but it needs to be heavily pruned once it's loaded up with golden berries or it will quit blooming. The good part is you can prune it with a machete and it comes back better than ever.
The butterflies pass on the other flowers in my garden to drink the nectar from these plants. I've never seen a plant attract such a wide variety and so many butterflies. Keep well watered. Mine droop when they are thirsty.
The plant is beautiful, almost always blooming and has golden berries on it at the same time. It provides nectar to butterflies, bees and hummers. It's fruit is a favorite for songbirds. No pest bother it as far as I know. Great plant! Brenda
I live in zone 10 and have this plant in several locations throughout my yard. It blooms best in full sun. However, I have them in shade areas as well, and they still seem to do well, (less blooms). They cascade wonderfully. They come in both regular and variegated leaf forms. The variegated species seems to have many more thorns and seems to grow larger. This species is best placed out of harms way, but not forgotten about, it is gorgeous. Golden Dewdrops are fast growers, drought tolerant and extremely beautiful. In addition to their blooms they cascade with golden seedpods in clusters. Keep trimmed from the bottom bleeders and you will enjoy a truly fabulous new addition to your garden. Here in zone 10 after all frost danger, I clip them to the ground and within a short time you will have your Golden dewdrop back good as new. Enjoy
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Grenoble, West Blocton, Alabama Casas Adobes, Arizona Gilbert, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Bonadelle Ranchos-madera Ranchos, California Chowchilla, California Cloverdale, California Crockett, California Fairview, California Fresno, California Gold River, California Irvine, California Lafayette, California Lemon Grove, California Merced, California Vista, California Bartow, Florida Boyette, Florida Brooker, Florida Campbell, Florida Carver Ranches, Florida Cheval, Florida Clearwater, Florida Deltona, Florida Eatonville, Florida Fruitville, Florida Gainesville, Florida (2 reports) Greater Northdale, Florida Gulf Breeze, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Kenneth City, Florida Keystone, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Lynn Haven, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Miami, Florida Micanopy, Florida Ocoee, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Palm Beach Shores, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Pinellas Park, Florida Sebring, Florida Seminole, Florida (2 reports) Suncoast Estates, Florida Sunset, Florida Tampa, Florida The Villages, Florida Tildenville, Florida Trenton, Florida Dock Junction, Georgia Makakilo City, Hawaii Barbourville, Kentucky Covington, Louisiana Schriever, Louisiana Scott, Louisiana Florence, Mississippi Gulf Hills, Mississippi Gulfport, Mississippi Saucier, Mississippi Elizabeth City, North Carolina Conway, South Carolina East Sumter, South Carolina Alice, Texas Atascocita, Texas Austin, Texas (2 reports) Copperas Cove, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Desoto, Texas Eagle Mountain, Texas Georgetown, Texas Haltom City, Texas Houston, Texas (3 reports) Katy, Texas La Porte, Texas Lytle, Texas Murchison, Texas Nassau Bay, Texas New Braunfels, Texas Palm Valley, Texas Rockport, Texas San Antonio, Texas Shenandoah, Texas Spring, Texas Victoria, Texas Norfolk, Virginia