Day 152: Golden dewdrop 💜 (Duranta erecta) ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
Duranta erecta, commonly called golden dewdrop, pigeon berry or sky flower, is native from Florida to Brazil and in the West Indies. It is a spreading, sometimes weeping, evergreen shrub or small tree that grows to 15-18’ tall in its native habitat. Sharp axillary thorns are usually present on stems of mature plants, but are usually absent on young plants. Features drooping axillary and terminal racemes of light blue to violet flowers which bloom summer to fall. Flowers give way in fall to drooping clusters of yellow-orange drupes (golden dewberries as it were). Oval rounded light green leaves (to 2” long).
Genus name honors Castore Durante (c.1529-1590), Papal physician and botanist in Rome.
Specific epithet means upright or erect.
Another fabulous specimen plant from @kewgardens . After crossing this Sarracenia flava, who can really says there's no such thing as a carnivorous bush?
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