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Bindweed

Convolvulus spp.

Morning glory (Eng.), Akkerwinde (Afr.)

Convolvulus is a genus of about 200 - 250 species of flowering plants, they are annual or perennial herbaceous vines, bines and some woody shrubs. Many species are invasive weeds but others are grown in gardens for their flowers, while a few are threatened species. Convolvulus arvensis (Field bindweed) is an invasive species throughout South Africa, problematic in cultivated fields. Convolvulus boissieri, C. cneorum, C. sabatius and C. tricolor are species cultivated for use in gardens.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Seed can be harvested when the seed capsule has turned brown.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in spring or autumn.
Division
Divide perennials in spring.
Cuttings
Root soft wood cuttings in late spring or greenwood cuttings in summer.

Special features

Pot plant
Grows well in containers.

Geography

Origin
Subtropical and temperate areas.
Natural climate
Temperate and Subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Convolvulaceae
Flower colour
White, pink, blue, violet, purple and yellow.
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to aphids and red spider mites.

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