Duranta Species, Golden Dew Drop, Pigeon Berry, Sky Flower 'Sweet Memories'

Duranta erecta

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Duranta (door-AN-tuh) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Memories
Synonym:Duranta repens
Synonym:Duranta plumieri
Synonym:Duranta ellisia



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


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


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

Mesa, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

Citrus Heights, California

Garden Grove, California

Highgrove, California

La Canada Flintridge, California

Mission Viejo, California

Rancho Cordova, California

Redlands, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

San Marcos, California

Simi Valley, California

Studio City, California

Vista, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Dunnellon, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida(2 reports)

Palm Harbor, Florida(2 reports)

Panama City Beach, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Jennings, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Metairie, Louisiana

New Iberia, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana

Blackstone, Massachusetts

Carriere, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Springfield, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Austin, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Bedias, Texas

Bellville, Texas

Cedar Park, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Ferris, Texas

Floresville, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas

Houston, Texas(6 reports)

La Vernia, Texas

Midland, Texas

Midway, Texas

Montgomery, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Port Neches, Texas

Portland, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

San Benito, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Texas City, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Willis, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 20, 2019, Teresa269 from Steinhatchee, FL wrote:

I love this tree and the hummingbirds and butterflies that visit it daily . I live in North Fl and it can get cold here, but it did really well in a pot ,that being said my mom and Aunt who live in the same county planted their tree's in the gound and they suffered tremendously, they did survive, but had to be cut back to just stubs. I personally believe that the tree prefers to potted and that is what made the difference over the winter.


On Apr 4, 2017, Lincoln14 from Gilbert, AZ wrote:

I have this plant in my back yard near the porch pillar. Here in AZ it blooms almost all the time. Have to prune it aften to keep down to the porch level, about 12 feet. It is bueatiful and very reliable. It loves the heat and sunshine. We had over 100 days last summer of 100 degrees plus. It never faded or looked like it was struggling at all. Only problem I have had is keeping it trimmed to roof level. Go for it.


On Nov 22, 2016, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Plan its location carefully as this plant gets big. Mine is over 6 ft tall. I have posted a picture of my tree showing how I have corralled the branches and trimmed lower foliage to make it look like a tree. Mine is planted in bright shade, it would probably bloom more if it were in full sun.


On Aug 1, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Synonym: Duranta erecta 'Geisha Girl'


On Jul 31, 2016, kkirk001 from Highgrove, CA wrote:

We live in zone 9 of southern CA and we are always looming for plants that can tolerate plenty of direct sun for our patio.

We found one of these in a local nursery that caught our eye. We picked one up and plantes it in a wooden half barrel with good drainage.

We've had it for almost 2 months and it has really taken off. We love the purple/blue flowering and look forward to the berries in the fall for extra color on our patio.


On Nov 22, 2014, orangepassion from Springfield, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I received my Duranta erecta 'Sweet Memories' as a gift about 5 years ago and it's one of the most beautiful plants I've ever grown. It's not hardy here in zone 6 so I bring it indoors for the winter until it gets too large to bring inside. Then, I just root a cutting and start over with a new plant in the spring. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love it and it's one of the few plants that pests do not bother in my garden. Here in zone 6, it's a prolific bloomer from early July until frost, which usually occurs mid to late October.


On Aug 2, 2013, faithiep from Oldsmar, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Love love love this plant. Very hardy...I have to trim constantly to keep it in line, but beautiful. Can become shaggy, wild and trailing when left alone. If you have the room, go for it. I don't...I've been able to train it into a tree very easily - first time I have ever done so with a plant. Blooms constantly, but be sure to remove the seeds at the end of the season. They aren't that pretty on mine and if they remain till the spring no flowers will form in my experience. Which confuses me because the flowers happen on new growth.


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.



On Jun 15, 2012, Chrissy51 from Clark, MO wrote:

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?

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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.