Convolvulus sabatius

Convolvulus sabatius

Previously called Convolvulus mauritanicus, this is a trailing groundcover with shallow, funnel-shaped flowers usually of a milky-blue hue, but sometimes seen in darker blue colours or white. It blooms throughout summer and autumn. It needs good drainage and plenty of sun - it will sulk in shaded spots. It looks at its best cascading over a retaining wall or a sunny bank. It doesn't really want rich soil; a gritty, well-drained soil suits it best. It could be grown in a hanging basket. It is native to Spain, Italy and North Africa. Cut it back in early spring. I have had more luck with this plant than with its cousin Evolvulus pilosus, which hasn't done well for me.

Flowers in January, February, March, October, November, December.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.