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Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound'

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Duranta (door-AN-tuh) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Mound
Additional cultivar information: (aka Golden Mound)

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative 175rotonda On Aug 5, 2013, 175rotonda from Rotonda, FL wrote:

2 weeks we purchased 3 Gold Mound Duranta and planted in our island. We are in zone 10 and the location gets full sun 90% of the day, we noticed that the leaves are falling off and are all most completely gone on all 3 plants. We watered 3-4 times a day with hose and have a sprinkler system as well. We have no idea what went wrong and the nursery does not guarantee their plants. Comments please!

Neutral timwhip On Oct 6, 2012, timwhip from Pinehurst, NC wrote:

I live in Pinehurst, nc. The cold winter killed two of the 4 plants which were covered with pinestraw. The other two died back to the ground and grew back in the spring. I like the plant but this winter I will mulch then more agressively.

Positive chloe92us On Jun 12, 2012, chloe92us from Englewood, FL wrote:

I have had multiple plants growing in the landscape for 7 years now. This is a very versatile plant. Ideally, it likes to be around 2-3 feet high and round but requires pruning to maintain the shape and size.

In the front beds, they are kept pruned at 3' tall and have formed a perfect ring around the palms. They flower too! The bees love them and the mockingbirds build nests in them.

In the back "wild beds" they are over 8 feet tall, yes you read that correctly. They are never pruned there and have grown up to reach the light. They are very leggy there, though, but we have lots of other plants that cover it. I like the cheery chartreuse peeking out above the smaller plants.

They can take FULL FLORIDA SUN and are fairly drought tolerant once established, but like a lot of water to establish well. I just purchased some more at Home Depot, 4 for $10 in little pots: this plant grows FAST and does require a monthly pruning in FL to keep it tidy.

We are in zone 10A in SW Florida near the coast.

We had 2 harsh winters in a row a couple years ago and these pushed right through, just thinned out a little but bounced right back. Highly recommend this plant.

Neutral bushc003 On May 1, 2012, bushc003 from Doctor Phillips, FL wrote:

I just planted this from Lowes and was wondering how it held up for those of you who planted it last year. Love the celery color and texture. How big did it get?

Neutral Darrin68 On Apr 17, 2011, Darrin68 from Groveland, FL wrote:

I just purchased this plant from Lowes. It's a beautiful shade of light green. According to the tag, it's okay in temperatures down to 20F. Does anyone have any experience with it in temperatures that low? We occasionally have temperatures that dip down into the 20s over winter.

Positive fauna4flora On Nov 24, 2008, fauna4flora from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

I think the label of ground cover has pigeon-holed this plant. It is capable of much more than that. If pruned on a weekly basis via hedge trimmer or weed wacker, it will need extra watering and fertilizer to look great.

Positive NativePlantFan9 On May 20, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very useful groundcover for central and southern Florida. This is a bushy groundcover shrub that can be maintained fairly low, which is useful.

When not in bloom or when recently planted, these golden-yellowish or golden-green/lime-yellow shrubs have a somewhat northern look.

They grow well in zones 9b through 11.

When in bloom, the small, purple-violet or purple flowers are attractive.


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

Lafayette, California
Apopka, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Englewood, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Largo, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Miami, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida
Rotonda West, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Seminole, Florida
Stuart, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Guyton, Georgia
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Anderson, South Carolina
Johnson City, Tennessee
Burleson, Texas
Houston, Texas
Tomball, Texas

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