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Golden Dew Drop, Sky Flower, Pigeon Berry 'Geisha Girl'

Duranta erecta

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Duranta (door-AN-tuh) (Info)
Species: erecta (ee-RECK-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Geisha Girl
Synonym:Duranta repens
Synonym:Duranta plumieri
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Phoenix, Arizona

Magnolia, Arkansas

Glen Avon, California

San Bruno, California

Deland, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Longwood, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

Dallas, Texas

Elmendorf, Texas

Houston, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Palacios, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 30, 2006, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just bought it and I am not sure how it will do in Dallas since there doesn't seem to be anyone that has had success in this part of texas. I am going to put it in the ground and hopefully it will do alright.


On Oct 23, 2005, crowellli from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted a small one gallon size of this in the spring in a very hot, sunny spot in my yard here in Houston and it is now 7 feet tall. It has bloomed continously since planted. I've had no pest problems and it survived beautifully with little water during our hot, dry summer.


On Aug 3, 2005, Tammlyn from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I live in North Florida and this is one of my favorites! Mine is three years old and seven feet tall. It is in full sun, and I fertilize it once a month. Blooms profusely from Spring to mid Winter. Attracts bees and butterflies. Beautiful!


On Jan 28, 2005, angelam from melbourne,
Australia wrote:

When I bought this plant I was told Duranta''s had fallen from popularity here in Australia because of their tendency to drop dead suddenly for no apparent reason, but that this cultivar had overcome the tendency. It is a lovely plant and I can confirm its toughness in our conditions, It has been in a large pot outside, but I am about to put one in the ground and let it grow away as much as it likes.


On Jun 30, 2004, duliticola from Longfield, Kent,
United Kingdom (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful scandent shrub, with much larger flowers than most cultivars. These flowers are scented of vanilla and attract bees and butterflies. Unfortunately it does not seem to produce the typical gold berries of the type species. Small berries do sometimes form but contain no seed.
Although it will grow into a lax shrub it is probably showier if pruned hard back after flowering, as it flowers on terminal and lateral racemes on the new growth.