Duranta repens or Duranta erecta? You may know it as pigeon berry or Golden Dewdrop. It finally commenced bloom. In a more tropical climate Duranta is a small tree. Here it dies to the ground at frost and comes back in spring from the roots. Like Esperanza and Pride of Barbados, bloom comes with hot weather, Duranta being just a little later than the others.
Duranta is an annual in climates colder than zone 8.
It is sometimes sold in hanging baskets because of the long
graceful branches. Easy to grow, roots easily.
Reportedly poisonous, but also said not to be deer proof.
Birds eat the berries; butterflies and
hummingbirds are attracted to the blossoms.
Gulf Fritillary butterflies have returned here.
Gulf Frits and Pipevine Swallowtails are enjoying Tithonia.
Duranta in the background will be attractive to them in bloom.
Duranta blooms at the ends of the limbs.
The shrubs quickly and easily reach 5' tall.
Duranta is a Texas Superstar plant.
It isn't named for Jimmy Durante but for an Italian botanist named Durantes.