Convolvulus tricolor

Dwarf morning glory

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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plants for impoverished dry sites are always welcome, and the dwarf morning glory is a popular and reliable choice. In frost-free gardens it is perennial and semi-evergreen, although it does not last for many seasons, but it is more usually sown every year, under glass or in situ. The flowers are usually tri-coloured, with yellow or gold throats surrounded by a flared white ring, and then the main colour of the trumpet, either brilliant blue, red or white, or more pastel shades of these. Blooms last a day, but many more follow all season. They are a useful way of attracting beneficial insects, such as hoverflies, into the garden.

Family: Convolvulaceae

Genus: Convolvulus

Species: tricolor

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 38cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

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