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Duranta erecta 'Variegata'

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Duranta (door-AN-tuh) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

Synonym:Duranta repens
Synonym:Duranta plumieri
Synonym:Duranta ellisia

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive divechick67 On Mar 14, 2013, divechick67 from Belleair, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have a beautiful specimen 15ft in my yard in Belleair, FL . I have rooted from woody stem cuttings and now have a 3ft and 4 other 1ft specimens started. Birds love them, not just for the fruit but a great nesting habitat as well. Nice for a soft shade creator in the yard. Needs a good amount of water until established then very tolerant of a hot yard in the summer. Tends to get leggy if you don't cut them back though.

Positive MotherNature4 On Aug 27, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The variegated foliage of this attractive shrub enhances the beauty of the racemes of blue flowers followed by yellow, globose fruits about 1cm. in diameter. Since it is almost everblooming here in central Florida, the fruits and flowers appear at the same time.
Note: the fruits are poisonous to humans, but birds enjoy them. Butterflies enjoy the flowers.


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

Scottsdale, Arizona
Wildomar, California
Bartow, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
Thomasville, Georgia
Hempstead, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Katy, Texas

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