Convolvulus sabatius ssp Mauritanicus (Ground Morning Glory), is a North African native, whihc has given rise to may lovely hybrids. It is a dense and trailing prostrate perennial with slender stems and small oval green leaves. It bears clusters of open trumpet shaped flowers in lilac blue and it spreads quickly, making it an excellent groundcover.
The blue, funnel shaped flowers are approximately 3cm in diameter and are produced in abundance over the warm summer months. Tolerant of dry conditions it is particularly useful for Australia's often harsh conditions. Non-invasive and easy to grow for low maintenance areas as well as adding restful, cool colour to the summer landscape. Its lovely trailing habit makes it useful for spillover plantings on banks, hanging baskets or in pots.
Convolvulus performs best in full sun with well drained soil - preferably light with some added humus. Cut it back firmly every year or two. Ground Morning Glory is an extremely low-water requiring plant, and like many Mediterranean climate plants, it does require very good drainage. Over watering, especially in heavy soil, is a common cause of failure to thrive.
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