Duranta, Golden Dew Drop, Pigeon Berry, Sky Flower 'Aurea'

Duranta erecta

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Duranta (door-AN-tuh) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aurea
Synonym:Duranta erecta var. aurea
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Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:




4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Glendale, Arizona

Springdale, Arkansas

Orangevale, California

Seaside, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Milton, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Pukalani, Hawaii

Oakley, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana(2 reports)

Gonzales, Louisiana

Ventress, Louisiana

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Alvin, Texas

Austin, Texas

College Station, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Del Rio, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

Humble, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

Salado, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(3 reports)

Spring, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Waxahachie, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 6, 2013, lalark from Springdale, AR wrote:

We've owned this problem free, beautifully flowering plant for several years. On a whim, the first winter after purchase we trimmed it back and placed it in the garage interior to see how it would do. Put it out in spring (after frost) and it bounced back very nicely. The butterflies and hummers enjoy it as well. Warning: Initially, when the plant was small it had some thorns, but now that it's six feet tall we have not noted any. It could just be a correlation, but use caution.


On Jul 23, 2013, creativeblossoms57 from Oakley, KS wrote:

I have a Duranta plant. I recently planted in a ceramic planter. Somehow the plant got broken right below the tree top. It was doing great. It has some other sprouts coming out of the base of the tree. I don't know if it can be saved. Will it winter if planted in the ground?


On Oct 21, 2009, OperaLady from Austin, TX wrote:

I have purchased 3 Duranta repens Amethyst Rain plants. I love these plants. First, they are evergreen. Second they bloom profusely. Third, knock wood, so far the deer do not seem to eat them. Two of my plants I have grown as topiaries for my front porch. So lovely. The third I keep as a bush and have been able to divide it up into several plantings. I'm in Austin, TX and even with our brutally hot summer these plants did great.


On Jul 25, 2007, broncbuster from Waxahachie, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I like this shrub for it's form, it's light green foliage, it's bicolored purple/white blooms, and for it's bright yellow berries. Be careful as the berries are poisonous!


On Mar 27, 2007, KatG from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is such a wonderful landscape plant. It's a lovely color and provides a nice contrast with it's lime green and gold leaves. It's very sturdy but retains a nice shape with minimal pruning. Also can be hedged. I also have a Duranta tree, which produces the most delicate and gorgeous purple flowers when in bloom. It's just a great overall plant!