Duranta erecta

Duranta erecta

Golden dewdrop

  • Botanical name: Duranta erecta
  • Common name: Golden dewdrop
  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
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Duranta erecta is an pretty evergreen shrub or small tree with violet flowers in summer. It is widely cultivated in tropical climates around the world but is a rare and unusual shrub in the UK. It is considered an invasive species in several countries including Australia, China and South Africa. 


This tender shrub is best grown in a conservatory in the UK, although it can be grown in a pot outside in the warmer months and overwintered indoors. The mature plants have sharp thorns. In autumn, yellow-orange fruits (‘dewdrops’) may appear.

How to grow Duranta erecta

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    90cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

Duranta erecta and wildlife

Duranta erecta has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Duranta erecta poisonous?

Duranta erecta can be toxic.

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Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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