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Products > Duranta stenostachya
 
Duranta stenostachya - Brazilian Skyflower
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Verbenaceae (Vervains)
Origin: West Indies (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Lavender
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Duranta stenostachya (West Indian Skyflower) - Grown for its summer flowers and ornamental fruit, this evergreen shrub grows to about 6 feet tall and wide. In the summer, clusters of blue tubular flowers appear followed by wonderfully contrasting orange-yellow berries. It does best in full sun with periodic deep watering - surprisingly drought tolerant for a plant from a subtropical region. It is hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. This species has a smaller less upright growing habit than D. repens but in ideal conditions it can still get to 15 feet, but in most gardens it is considerably less and can easily be kept low by pruning. This plant is native to the Windward Islands, the larger southern islands of the Lesser Antilles, within the West Indies. The name for the genus honors Castore Durante (AKA Castor Durante da Gualdo) a 16th century Italian botanist and physician who wrote a book in 1585 describing medicinal plants from Europe and East and West Indies. The specific epithet is from the Greek words 'stenos', meaning "narrow" or "tight" and 'stachys', meaning "a spike" in reference to the narrow flower spike compared to other species in the genus. This species is smaller with smaller darker green leaves, tighter flower clusters and lacks any thorns compared with Duranta erecta.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Duranta stenostachya.