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SAPPHIRES SHOWERS Duranta repens Semi-Tropical Blue Purple Shrub

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Durantas are members of the Verbenancea family and are native to the tropical regions of North America and India.  There are more than a dozen cultivars and several common names, including Sky Flower, Golden Dew Drop, Pigeon Berry and Fence Flowers. 

This is a vigorous upright growing species that can be grown as large, multi stemmed shrubs or as small trees, and are very showy.  They attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other birds, and are lightly fragrant.

Durantas are easy to grow and establish quickly.  They are very resilient, and will tolerate a wide range of conditions, including high heat.  They were given the Texas A&M University Texas Star® designation based on their traits of dependability and ease of care.

The flowers are hanging clusters of slightly tubular lavender, purple toned blue, or white flowers that are excellent attractors for butterflies and are followed by long hanging streamers of bright yellow berries, which birds love, but very toxic to humans if ingested.  Sapphire Showers is selected cultivar of the species that produces darker blue toned, purple flowers that are somewhat larger and more profuse than the common lavender type. 

Recommended USDA Zone Range is 8, 9, 10, 11, however, in Zone 8 and 9A it frequently freezes back to the ground and resprouts from the roots.  Plant early in the season in these areas and protect until very well established.

Do not locate this plant in areas where children or pets could accidentally ingest the berries

Botanical Name Duranta repens
Common Name Sky FLower, Pigeon Berry, Fence Flower
Plant Family Verbenacea
Mature Size 8 to 10 feet
Bloom Color Sapphire Blue, Lavender, Whhite
Bloom Form Clusters of Five Petaled Singles
Bloom Time Cycical Warm Season
Zone 8, 9, 10, 11
Fragrance None
Key Features Easy to grow, show bloom and berry
Suggested Uses Barrier, Boundary, Standard Tree, Accent, Mixed Beds
Grower Notes Berries are generally considered toxic*

Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 8, 9, 10, and 11.  Durantas can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in full sun.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter. 
  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
  • To grow as tree, attach to a sturdy stake about 3 times the height of the plant.
  • Keep suckers and growth along the bottom 1/3 of the central trunk cleaned away.
  • When the main trunk reaches the desired height then begin to trim and shape the canopy.
  • Prune lightly and often when young to encourage branching and after flowering to promote uniform shape and control size.
  • Protect from frost and freeze.

Toxicity information generally known in the horticultural trade and gardening circles, if known, is provided for reference purposes only.  Medical and/or Horticulture experts in the field of Plant Toxicology should be consulted for specific and reliable information. 

This plant is intended for ornamental, decorative use only.  Emerald Goddess Gardens tm does not recommend, endorse, or offer the product for any other intended use.  

Sapphire Showers - Sky Flower - Pigeon Berry - Golden Dew Drop - Duranta repens 

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  • Model: DUR-GDD-SAP-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3lbs
  • 2 Units in Stock


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