Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Convolvulus mauritanicus



 Convolvulus mauritanicus is one of those plants that always does a good job. It is hardy, attractive, humble and very giving.

Plant details

Common name: convolvulus (not often called by its common name, 'bindweed')

Botanic name: Convolvulus mauritanicus

Description: Trailing perennial with small, oval leaves and soft, slender stems. The violet-blue, morning glory-like flowers appear in early spring and continue until early autumn.

Best climate:

Most areas of Australia, including warm protected sites in Hobart and the mountains.
Uses:

spillover plant ground cover plant hanging baskets coastal gardens

Good points: hardy flowers for most of the year good in sun or shade tolerates salt spray

Downside:

A member of the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). Although morning glories (Ipomoea) can be extremely invasive in warm zones, Convolvulus mauritanicus is of moderate vigour only and never likely to be a nuisance.

Care:

Convolvulus likes a sunny position and well-drained, coarse soil. Water in dry spells. Prune to control and shape as required.