Duranta erecta is commonly called Lilac-Flowered Golden Dewdrop, Brazilian Sky Flower, Duranta, Pigeon Berry, or Sky Flower. It is a rapidly growing type having dense, somewhat evergreen, foliage and lilac colored flowers. According to TAMU, it is treated as an annual in zone 8. I was hopeful that mine would return from the roots as Esperanza and Salvia leucantha usually does. The top part is completely dry and dead. This cold winter with so many consecutive freezing nights may have done in many of the near tropicals that I've enjoyed in the past.
A very small Duranta cozies up to 'Livin' Easy' rose.
When I bought a plant last summer, a very small piece broke off. I stuck it in a pot. It rooted. I still have that piece, so I'm hopeful of turning it into a 5 foot plant like the last one grew. It isn't blooming, but little yellow dew-drops hang off it now. I think new buds are forming at the end of one branch. Hurry, Spring!