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Duranta repens
Golden Dewdrop

DurantaThe Golden Dewdrop, also known as the Pigeonberry or Skyflower is part of a genus of about 30 species of evergreen trees and shrubs found only in the tropical south of the U.S. and Central and South America. It's a very endearing flower.

It's leaves are mainly ovate, simple and sometimes toothed. They are opposite, and even sometimes whorled.

The plant is used as a great windbreak in hedges or in a border.

Duranta repensA rigorous grower, you can fertilize it every two weeks, but cut back on both fertilizing and watering in dormant winter months.

It can be grown in a greenhouse as well as outdoors.

We've got one outside in a fairly shaded area but our "A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants" says "full sun. Moist, fertile soil, with a balanced fertilizer every month" (Balanced fertilizer is one with the numbers 10-10-10 or 20-20-20.)

Ours grows in mostly shade (some sun), sandy soil, no fertilizer, and we water it once a week if it has not rained

Propagation is done by seed (golden outer skin) or by rooting semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.  You can also propagate by layering in the springtime.

Tip: Pinching, picking, deadheading and just plain cutting back helps a plant to stay healthy, bushy and growing.