The Duranta ornamental flowering plant (Duranta erecta) belongs to the Verbenaceae family, it may reach up to 10 feet (3 m.) in height, and delivers scores of pale blue or violet flowers profusely from summer to all growing season long. The duranta has attractive evergreen foliage, and these varieties have gold or variegated leaves. A bonus is the appearance of ornamental berries in the fall.
Planting & Care
SunLight: Duranta plants need full light to get the energy they need to make blooms and berries.
Soil: provide rich, loamy soil to help plants reach their potential in one growing season. In an outdoor setting, duranta plants can grow in lean soil, as long as they have good drainage.
Watering: Duranta plants need a moderate amount of water. Plants growing outdoors need the equivalent of about an inch of rain per week.
Fertilizer: Duranta plants are not heavy feeders and can get by without any supplemental fertilizer in good soils. In lean or rocky soils, you can use an all-purpose general fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
Temperature: Duranta plants do well in both dry and humid situations.
Pruning: It's important to prune the duranta to keep it in bounds, you can cut the plant back severely in winter in preparation for the burst of growth that occurs in spring.