Duranta Erecta, Skyflower, Golden Dew Drop, Pigeon Berry, Brazilian Sky Flower
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Common Names: Golden Dew Drop, Pigeon Berry, Brazilian Sky Flower
Light: Full Sun/Part Shade
Height: 5′ – 15′
Spacing/Spread: 4′ – 8′
Color: Purple flowers, yellow fruit.
Interest: Mid summer to first frost.
Texas Native: No, but particularly well adapted to central Texas and Austin.
Extra: WARNING, LEAVES AND BERRIES ARE TOXIC.
Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.
Features: A fantastic evergreen shrub that will get quite big and will shower you with its beautiful very showy purple flowers until the first frost. Named a Texas Super Star.
Austin Native Landscaping: “There are a few Texas adapted evergreens that not only have a long period of profuse flowering but are also well adapted to both sun and part shade. Although Sky Flower will die to the ground after a hard freeze the plant is very easy to grow and practically maintenance free. In our design we install this plant in lonely large spots and as the largest element in a smaller flowerbed. Also works as an informal hedge in your landscape. You may prune it for your desired shape. Landscapers love its fast growing rate.”
Family: Verbenaceae (Pronounced – ver-be-NAY-see-ee)
Genus: Duranta (Pronounced - door-AN-tuh)
Species: Erecta (Pronounced - ee-RECK-tuh)
Propagation: Seeds, semi hard wood cuttings, layering
History: Skyflower is native to Mexico and South America. Considered invasive in a number of countries.