Convolvulus – Plant of the Week

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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.

Getting started:

Convolvulus mauritanicus is readily available at nurseries. Expect to pay about $10-$12 for 140mm (6″) pots.