Duranta repens/ Duranta erecta (Sky flower)

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Duranta repens/ Duranta erecta (Sky flower)

Post by M Farooq » September 29th, 2013, 5:36 am

Botanical Name Duranta erecta/ Duranta repens
Family Verbenaceae
Genus Duranta
Specie erecta
Local Name in Urdu Not a local plant
Common Name Sky flower, Golden dewdrops
Life Cycle Evergreen tropical plant
Cultivar Name Duranta erecta "Variegata" or "Alba"
Fragrant or Not Mild fragrance that is remeniscent of candies
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) Tree, can be trained as a hedge
Height Up to 15-25 ft if allowed to grow
Spacing 4-5 ft, should be grown closely for hedges
Flowering Months Summer to early winter
Flower Color Blue, to light purple
Growing Areas Through out Pakistan
Frost Tender May tolerate cold periods
Exposure Prefers full sun
Soil pH Slightly acidic soil pH 5-6
Propagation Seeds, stem cuttings, air layering
Uses Foliage, Ornamental flowers and seeds
Other Details Duranta is a unique flower in the sense that everything associated with it is beautiful. The foliage comes in various shades of green from light yellowish green to deep green. The flowers are pale blue to purple in colour with dark streaks on 2-3 petals and a cream coloured center which is called the cream "eye" of Duranta. The fragrance is mild but it reminds you of candies. The orange coloured fruits, which appear as a string of beads look very attractive on dark green foliage. The seeds often persist in the winter as well. One can train Duranta as a hedge or as a tree with a single trunk. Some Durantas have spines. The plant is attactive to bees, birds and unwanted wasp/ hornets (I have been stung couple of times) so be carfeul before you prune dense hedges of this plant.

The "Alba" variety has pure white flowers - although not as common as the blue flower. The "Variegata" has variegated leaves.

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Re: Duranta repens/ Duranta erecta (Sky flower)

Post by jdashraf » September 29th, 2013, 9:29 am

Thx for details..
Javed Ashraf.

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Re: Duranta repens/ Duranta erecta (Sky flower)

Post by Ifrah » December 14th, 2013, 4:06 pm

Thanks a bunch!
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Re: Duranta repens/ Duranta erecta (Sky flower)

Post by Sharjeel39 » February 10th, 2014, 3:17 pm

Can we grow this flower in Karachi, and from where can I get it as the posts says that this flower is not locally available.

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Re: Duranta repens/ Duranta erecta (Sky flower)

Post by Izhar » February 10th, 2014, 4:56 pm

One of the most common plant used in border hedges..

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Re: Duranta repens/ Duranta erecta (Sky flower)

Post by M Farooq » February 10th, 2014, 6:42 pm

Sharjeel39 wrote:Can we grow this flower in Karachi, and from where can I get it as the posts says that this flower is not locally available.
Sharjeel, it is a very common and (economical) plant as Izhar bhai has said. By "not a local plant", it was meant that it is not native plant of Pakistan i.e. it naturally grows in South America and West Indies.

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