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: 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) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: 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 Jul 1, 2012, Dianne24 from Blackstone, MA wrote:
I'm from Blackstone, MA and bought this plant at a nursery July 2011. It bloomed profusely. I never took it out of the pot and received all kinds of comments on it's beauty. I pinked the flowers after they past and it continued to bloom until the cool weather.
I winterized it in my home and just planted it outside in the grown. I a ton of green leaves and am waiting for the blooms. I looked them up in this web site and was happy to get all the care for the plant. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I chose neutral only because I just bought this plant and I do not know it will grow in my zone and I need advice on what I can do so it won't just be an annual this year. I live in central Missouri. Could I plant it in a really big container and bring it in each winter? Any advice would be appreciated! I have fallen in love with this plant! Thank you!
On Oct 30, 2011, primmer from Casas Adobes, AZ wrote:
I bought two of these plants at the garden center. They were half dead and "half off" the price. I took them home, which is Tucson, AZ, and they have flourished. They bloomed like crazy. Last winter was very very cold here and they froze off at ground level but came back in the spring and actually looked better then the year before. I think that tells me to prune more vigerously because they are a great shepe now. They are both at least 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide and have been blooming since late spring. There are new starts for more flowers coming out now which is the end of October. Humming birds and bees love them.
On Apr 18, 2010, Darmananda from New Iberia, LA wrote:
I saw this plant with bunch of purple flowers at our local Lowe's, sniffed on the flower and fell in love with the lavender-ish fragrant, and bought one that had no blooms but buds, brought it home, plant it in a sunny location, and did the initial care one does when planting a new plant, and some weeks later, bam! It bloomed white flowers instead of purple! The already-blooming plants on display at Lowe's had purple flowers on them, the tag that was attached to the plant I brought home has a picture of purple flowers, but it bloomed white flowers. Each time I see these plants on sale at any nursery, the flowers are always purple, never white, yet my plant is producing pure white flowers in bunches. Can anybody explain this to me, why does everyone has a purple one except me?
I did not try to return this plant after finding out it flowered different from what was shown on the display and what was shown on the plant tag. The plant was already in its third week of transplantation process when I discovered this, and I actually think the white flowers are rather beautiful. So I am keeping it and now it is packed with showy white flowers. If anyone wants to see them, just put a comment and I will post some photographs here. Maybe Dave's garden can add "white" in addition where it says the flowers color is purple?
Plant is thorny and posinous so warn your children not to run and bursh against the plant. The flowering season will be followed by berries which are inedible for humans, but birds will love it.
I can't tell you if this will be winter hardy to my area yet (Zone 9). I heard that this is a different version of Duranta (Cuban Gold) plant which did not survive our last winter that froze solid for a week or so (it is not normal to reach a freezing point here and when it does, it only last for an hour or so). We'll see.
On Oct 5, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I bought a little one three years ago. Each winter it dies back after a freeze. When it emerges in the spring and gets about three feet high, I cut it back to about a foot to get more branches. Then I stick the cuttings in potting soil with root tone. Now I have six large plants in my yard from the first little one. Roots very easily. Grows in drifting shade with average water. Zone 9a, NE Florida
On Jul 7, 2007, Florida9 from Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This plant flowers almost all year, and has been disease free for me. We never had hummers here until we planted this. The hummingbirds and butterflies prefer this to a nearby Hamelia Patens, pink pentas, various salvias, and agastache Golden Jubilee. It is also very easy to propagate from cuttings, and grows quickly. I now have nine plants growing. They are in various degrees of partial sun, and bloom well. At least one online nursery labels their plants as both Sweet Memories and Geisha Girl as if they are identical. The plants do grow in a rather rather casual, wispy form, but respond well to pruning to shape for a hedge.
On Aug 26, 2004, JeanneTX from Willis, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have the Duranta Erecta "Sweet Memories" and it is very scented..smells like Chocolate and bees and hummers love it..grows like crazy in full sun and was told it can get 6ft by 6ft and to prune for it blooms on new wood...
On Jun 2, 2004, rplingaltx from Galveston, TX wrote:
This is one of my all time favorite plants! I planted one 2 years ago in one of my beds and it has gone wild. If i had not trimmed it this year i think it would be 10 feet tall by now. Covered with BEAUTIFUL purple flowers edged in delicate white. I love it so much this year I planted a "hedge" of them across my extra lot next door. Cant wait for them to fill in! No thorns on this one like other durantas either.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Casas Adobes, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Queen Creek, Arizona Carlsbad, California Citrus Heights, California Gold River, California La Canada Flintridge, California Mission Viejo, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Simi Valley, California Studio City, California Vista, California Boca Raton, Florida Cape Coral, Florida Delray Beach, Florida Deltona, Florida East Lake, Florida Eatonville, Florida Gainesville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Madeira Beach, Florida New Port Richey East, Florida Ocoee, Florida Oldsmar, Florida (2 reports) Palm Shores, Florida Panama City Beach, Florida Sunset, Florida Tamarac, Florida Tampa, Florida Titusville, Florida Yulee, Florida Brownsville-bawcomville, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Metairie, Louisiana New Iberia, Louisiana Blackstone, Massachusetts Carriere, Mississippi Saucier, Mississippi Summerlin South, Nevada Elizabeth City, North Carolina Austin, Texas Beaumont, Texas Bedias, Texas Bellville, Texas Cedar Park, Texas Desoto, Texas Doyle, Texas Ferris, Texas Floresville, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Galveston, Texas Hallettsville, Texas Houston, Texas (6 reports) Midland, Texas Midway, Texas New Braunfels, Texas Port Neches, Texas Round Rock, Texas San Antonio, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Sugar Land, Texas Texas City, Texas Victoria, Texas Willis, Texas Winnsboro, Texas