Pigeon Berry/Golden Dewdrop
Duranta erecta cultivars
This new vogue plant to the Sydney region has become naturalised in some areas. It requires active management in all gardens.
- Family Verbenaceae
- Origin West Indies, Central and South America
- Habit A straggly evergreen shrub 1-5m high with drooping branches and sharp spines.
- Leaves The ovate leaves are 2.5-7.6 cm long and arranged on the stem in pairs opposite each other, or in whorls of three.
- Flowers Showy inflorescences bloom almost all year long in terminal or lateral racemes up to 15cm long. The individual flowers are tubular with five petals, white, light blue, violet or purple, and spread out at the mouth about 1cm across.
- Fruit Spherical yellow berry to 1.5cm in diameter borne in showy hanging bunches.
- Roots Substantial tap and lateral root system.
- Dispersal Seed spread by water, animals (mainly birds), humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
- Control Hand pull/dig. Cut and Paint or Scrape and Paint, foliar spray.
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