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Convolvulus Cneorum – Shrubby Bindweed or Silvery Bindweed
Convolvulus Cneorum is a lovely plant of Mediterranean origin, and is best known by its common names shrubby bindweed and silvery bindweed. It is a low growing, evergreen shrub that spreads out into a flattened mound shape and is an incredibly beautiful plant. During the spring and summer months, funnel-shaped white flowers bloom from small, delicate pink buds. Like other morning glory type plants, these flowers will open in the morning and close with the evening. In addition to its beautiful flowers and pink buds, the most notable characteristic of convolvulus cneorum is its shiny, silver coloured leaves. Unlike some plants that have grey-white coloured foliage, these shimmery leaves give convolvulus cneorum a true metallic silver colour. With all of its subtle beauty, convolvulus cneorum is an asset to any garden.
In its native area of the Mediterranean, convolvulus cneorum can be found growing from cracks and crevices of rocky coastline. It is in these rocky conditions that convolvulus cneorum thrives. It requires very little upkeep and is happiest in full sun and well-drained soil. Additionally, convolvulus cneorum is not only tolerant of alkaline soil, but very much prefers it. Also, this silvery beauty has low water needs, and it should be noted that over-watering can result in weak, limp growth. Although, convolvulus cneorum is a very hardy plant and can survive through most of the UK, in areas with very harsh winters they are best kept as potted plants. Convolvulus cneorum also requires very little maintenance, and only requires pruning every couple of years. This can be accomplished in the winter months, or after the blooming season. When properly cared for, convolvulus cneorum can reach a height of 0.5-1 metres and spread of 0.5-1 metres.
Convolvulus cneorum is gorgeous when grown in flowerbeds as accents against dark foliage, or cascading down the side of a terracotta pot. In addition to all of its wonderful features, convolvulus cneorum has gained the RHS Award of Garden Merit.