where is safe to grow Duranta - Knowledgebase Question

Wisconsin Dells, Wi
Question by eridley
May 26, 2009
I got a tagless plant, did have a price sticker, saying it was a Duranta, at HD yesterday, and when i look on line, it says its for zones 10 & 11. I live in Wisconsin, it gets really cold here below zero in the winter, and from what i can gather, will kill my new plant. I do love it, but think i have to return it. What do you think??


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Answer from NGA
May 26, 2009

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Your research is correct. Duranta is a tender woody perennial and will not survive your winter weather outdoors. Plants like these are generally sold in cold winter regions as colorful summer annuals. You can enjoy it out on your patio or deck this summer but it will die in the winter unless taken indoors. If you have the space and a brightly lit room (or some supplemental gro lights) you can cut the plant back in the fall and keep it inside for the winter.

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