Duranta
Duranta erecta

 

This unusual annual has beautiful blue-and-white flowers almost orchidlike in their beauty. A tropical shrub in the warmest parts of the country, Zones 8-11, duranta is grown in the rest of the country as an annual. It delights gardeners with its airy clusters of blue, violet, or white flowers followed by golden fruits. Plant it in a container and come fall, it will make a good indoor plant in a large, sunny, south-facing window.

Watch for selections with variegated foliage; they add even more interest. As tropical shrubs, they can reach 15 feet or more, but when grown as annuals in cool regions, they seldom top 5 feet. Plant in spring in rich, well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed. Fertilize moderately. Keep moist but do not overwater.

Light:  Sun,Part Sun,Shade
Zones: 10-11
Plant Type: Annual,Shrub
Plant Height: 1-6 feet tall
Plant Width: 2-4 feet wide
Landscape Uses: Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy
Special Features: Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Easy to Grow


Duranta

Rebecca Jordi
Horticulture Agent IV
County Extension Director
Contributing Editor
email: rljordi@ufl.edu