Plant ID forum: Duranta erecta - Cultivar ID?

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 28, 2013 7:53 PM CST
I traded for some Duranta erecta alba seeds a few years ago and what came up and subsequently bloomed was not the white (still looking for the alba seeds). I have not been able to find even a close match to what I have. What I have I do like but would really like to know if it's a known cultivar.

Does anyone recognize this?



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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 28, 2013 8:29 PM CST
It does appear to be the Pigeon Berry Duranta erecta, that shows the light blue to blue violet flowers…Definitely not 'Alba'. And it's not "Sweet Memories" or "Geisha Girl" as they are a much deeper Violet/Purple. I'm guessing that it is probably the "generic" (if there is such) Duranta erecta.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 28, 2013 8:37 PM CST
(My dyslexia kicked in and I was ready to respond, "That's not Datura at all!" but thankfully I took a moment to re-read.)
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Aug 29, 2013 11:44 AM CST
Hi Anne,

In this case, since you grew it from seed, it can't be any named cultivar...unless you decide to name it yourself. Named cultivars are propagated asexually, usually by cuttings in the case of Duranta. Given the coloration of your plant, it seems likely that the parent plant could have been an 'Alba' that got pollinated by a purple-flowered plant or, alternatively, that it was self-pollinated and is just showing genes from one of Alba's ancestors. However, if white flowers are a recessive gene in Duranta, then the second scenario would be less likely. Regardless, it turned out to be a really beautiful color! Big Grin
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Aug 29, 2013 3:21 PM CST
Thanks! I was thinking just that since I wasn't finding any others with this coloring and the dark purple stripe on the bottom petals. Mary, I misread stuff all the time and sometimes it's hilarious.
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