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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
GROUND MORNING GLORY
syn. Convolvulus mauritanicus
Pronounced: kon-VOLV-yoo-lus sa-BAH-tee-us
Spain, Italy and North Africa.
Sunset zones: 4-9, 12-24.
USDA zones: 7-10.
Heat zones: 9-7.
Height: 6-24 inches (15-60 cm).
Width: 36 inches (90 cm).
Early summer to fall.
Lavender-blue, funnel-shaped flowers with yellow centers.
Evergreen, hairy, soft, grayish green leaves.
Poor to fertile, gritty, well-drained soil.
In spring, fertilize with a complete organic fertilizer.
Sow seed at 55-64°F (13-18°C) in spring.
Softwood cuttings in late spring.
Greenwood cuttings in summer.
Divide in spring.
In late winter, trim plant to prevent it from becoming overly woody.
Pests and Diseases:
Rainy Side Notes
Unfortunately, this beautiful ground dwelling perennial is in the same genus—Convolvulus—as our notorious bindweed. However, unlike its cousin the thug, this is a wonderful addition to our Northwest gardens. The morning glory blossoms flower from early summer into fall, and the evergreen plant looks fantastic trailing down the face of a rock wall.
It is important to note that the ground morning glory will climb over smaller plants, so site it away from your small, delicate ones.
Photographed in author's garden.
Perennials indexed by botanical names. Click on corresponding letter below.