DWARF MORNING GLORY

FAMILY: Convolvulaceae | GENUS: CONVOLVULUS tricolor

TYPE
  • Annuals
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Thanks to its brightly colored, funnel-shaped flowers, this old-fashioned European native is often confused with morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor), a twining vine of the tropics. Dwarf morning glory, however, doesn't climband its flowers stay open all day, unlike those of its familiar relative. A traditional (if somewhat forgotten) bedding plant, it is excellent for massing, edging, hanging baskets, or containers. Forms a bushy, slightly trailing mound to 1216 in. high and 2 ft. wide, with narrow, dark green leaves to 1 in. long. Blooms profusely in summer, covering itself with striking, 1- to 2-in.-wide flowers in royal blue, red, pink, or white, all with a yellow-and-white starburst pattern in the throat. Plants in the Ensign series are compact and free blooming.

Nick the hard seeds with a knife and soak them in water overnight before sowing. Plant in fall in central and south Florida; elsewhere, plant in spring after the soil has warmed.

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