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Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml

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Sweet Memories Purple Sky Flower

Duranta erecta 'Sweet Memories'

Royal purple, 1/2" blooms that are edged in white lace, are born in grape-like drooping clusters from spring/summer to frost on this large tropical shrub sometimes grown as a tender perennial or annual. In freeze-free climates the Duranta can be used as a hedge or screen or train them into beautiful small trees. In the mildest portions of zone 8B-9 it will often act as a die-back perennial. The blooms are followed by 1/2" golden berries giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'.

Interestingly this is another plant, along with Porterweed, that I consistently find when visiting butterfly conservatories. Considered a native of southern Florida, the Skyflower can grow into a small tree or large shrub in freeze free areas but will often act like a die-back perennial in mild winter areas. Periodic removal of the spent flower clusters will promote more flowers instead of fruit.

Average Mature Size: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11

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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline

Salt Tolerance: Slight to Moderate

Deer Resistance: Not Normally Bothered

Native To / Origin: US - FL, Brazil

Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: Berries-Toxic

 
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