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Monday, September 24, 2012

Duranta erecta - Purple flowers

Scientific name: Duranta erecta
Synonyms: D. repens, D. plumieri, D ellisia

Common name: Golden Dewdrop, Honey Drops, Pigeon Berry, Skyflower 

Chinese names:
金露花 (jin lu hua - golden dewdrop) ,
假连翘 (jia lian qiao - false fuschia) ,
小本苦林盘 (xiao ben ku lin pan - little clusters in the forest?)

Indonesian name: Teh-tehan, Magelang, Sinyo Nakal

Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Category: Ever-flowering scrambling shrub
Photo taken at: Rooftop Secret Garden of 1-Utama

For more details, read my NST article, Scrambling Charmer.

How to grow
Light : Full sun but it can tolerate some light shade
Soil : Moist, well-drained
Water : Regular, do not let soil become soggy or dry out
Prune : Regularly to maintain shape and height. Do not prune off flowers if you wish to let them develop into golden berries
Propagate : Seeds or semi-hardwood cuttings

Features : The flowers which have a mild vanilla fragrance attract many types of butterflies, birds, wasps, carpenter bees and honey bees. It is ever-flowering. 


  1. Hi Ms Belle!
    This flower is a sure winner anytime.
    Mine is recovering from the pests attack and is blooming with sweet vanilla fragrant flowers once again! Thank God :)
    Do you have one in your garden?

    1. This plant is in my 'wanted list'. It is a popular plant in the kampungs and also resorts.


Yay! You like flowers too.

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