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Convolvulus tricolor - Dwarf Convolvulus or Annual Convolvulus

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Solanales - Family: Convolvulaceae

Convolvulus tricolor

This annual bindweed, which is sometimes referred to as Dwarf Morning-glory, is to found throughout the Mediterranean region, although it is less common as a wildflower in the extreme east of the region.

Drawf Convolvulus, Portugal

These gorgeous flowers are close relatives of common bindweed, the bane of many gardners' lives; however, it's possible that Dwarf Convolvulus isequally loathed by the Mediterranean farmers whose tilled land this flower quickly carpets.

Description

The blue, white and yellow trumpet-shaped flower, typical;y 3cm across, is so attractive that it is also cultivated for garden ornament. The flowers occur singly on stems rarely taller than 25cm.

Drawf Convolvulus, near Cape St Vincent, Portugal

Flowering Times

In its native Mediterranean range, Dwarf Morning-glory can be seen in flower from March right through to June, when for passers by it provides an unforgettable vista

Habitat

Convolvulus tricolor favours dry open habitats, and being an annual it readily colonises disturbed soil.

Convolvulus tricolor in a cultivated field

Etymology

The specific epithet tricolor means 'of three colours' and refers to the blue, white and yellow flowers.

The specimens shown on this page were photographed in the Algarve region of southern Portugal in April.


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