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PlantFiles: Brazilian Sky Flower
Duranta stenostachya

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Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Duranta (door-AN-tuh) (Info)
Species: stenostachya (sten-oh-STAK-ee-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Mixalis On Jun 19, 2012, Mixalis from Orlando, FL wrote:

This is my second year to enjoy this plant. It was shaped into a tree and is profusely in bloom. It has full Florida sun with medium watering. I did learn the berries are poisonous. Quoted from a Texas website on the plant:

The attractive fruits and the foliage have saponins that are poisonous to humans. Both are considered to be bitter and while poisonings in the US were unreported in 1986 when Poisonous Plants of California was published (Thomas C. Fuller and Elizabeth McClintock, University of California Press, 1986), there were reports of children becoming ill from eating berries in Australia. This description is based on our research of Duranta erecta and our observations of it growing in the nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens.

Positive stevesivek On Mar 28, 2010, stevesivek from Baytown, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Love this bush but the hard freezes from this past winter in SE Texas has killed all 3 of my huge 8 year old bushes to the ground. Hoping that they will return from the base. Only time will tell.

Positive Texasalsa On Jan 31, 2009, Texasalsa from San Antonio, TX wrote:

This plant seems to be gaining popularity in our South Texas area. I have two and they are thriving as well as my neighbor's bushes. We are wondering if they can be propagated by the seed which grows profusely on the plant every fall. They are like tiny golden capsules of gel. Do they need to be dried or can they be planted off the plant as is?

I definitely want to grow more of these beauties!! Any info would be appreciated....SE

Positive gbateman1 On Apr 28, 2003, gbateman1 wrote:

I love this plant. Grows about 3' high in Houston and are covered Spring until Frost with small butterfly loving flowers in blue or white form. Cut back after winter and comes back very bushy.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clovis, California
Fallbrook, California
Santa Barbara, California
Vista, California
Orlando, Florida
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Baytown, Texas
Manchaca, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)



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