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White bindweed - Convolvulus cneorum


The Convolvulus


Bindweeds are a genus of climbing plants, except for a few species, such as the Convolvulus cneorum, which develops a beautiful compact shrub, which tends to develop more in width than in height: generally it does not exceed 100-120 cm.
It produces a dense evergreen mass of gray-green foliage, covered with a thin, fairly leathery hair. Throughout the spring, and sporadically also in the summer, it produces innumerable trumpet flowers, enlarged, pure white.
It is a Mediterranean plant, although over the years there have been hybrid products, which sometimes have more continental characteristics and do not like drought.

Let us remember that the evergreen plants covered under a shelter often do not receive watering from October to November, until spring: even for a plant that loves drought it is an excessively long period of time. Therefore, on cloudy days, with a climate that is not too rigid, we check the humidity of the substrate, and if it is completely dry, we provide little water.The convolvulus cneorum he does not like the excesses of watering, the heavy and hard soils, which retain moisture; in placing it as a dwelling we work well the garden soil; adding sand or perlite to improve drainage.With time, shrubby shrubs often tend to assume a rather disordered bearing; we can compact them with a slight pruning of the most external branches in autumn; late or spring prunings are not recommended, because already during the cold season the plant is preparing flower buds, which would be completely cut off by the shears.White bindweed - Convolvulus cneorum: Other bindweeds



In Italy, with the term convolvulus, often confused and rendered synonymous with vilucchio, many plants are indicated: in most cases, a bindweed is a twig with twisting stems that produces trumpet-shaped flowers in spring and summer.
In most cases it is a species of the genus convolvulus, very common in European flora, generally creeping or climbing, sometimes even weeds; they are also commonly called beautiful during the day, because the flowers remain open only when they enjoy the sun's rays, otherwise they close again in the form of small elongated cylinders. The flowers of the bindweeds are in shades of pink, white, sometimes lilac. The genus has about two hundred species, all produce flowers with a similar shape, for the rest they are predominantly climbing, except for some cases; in addition to the Convolvulus cneorum, also Convolvulus tricolor is a shrub, with bright blue bell-shaped flowers, with a white center.
In addition to the convolvulus, the hypomee are also often called convolvolos, spectacular creepers of South American origin, with enormous trumpet flowers, in the most incredible colors.