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Bindweed, but it is the note Beautiful by day which hides behind this name, a genus of plants, especially climbing plants, of Mediterranean origin. Before knowing it, a fantastic curiosity: this shrub is so many weeds that it has managed to infiltrate too in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Reading “La tazzetta della Madonna”, the Convolvolo appears, which with its flower acts as a chalice for the wine that the Madonna drank when she went to free a carter's cart. Back to the real world, to our gardens to cultivate, this genus of plants, of which there are also many hybrids, has twining stems and in spring and summer it produces trumpet flowers.
Bindweed: the flower
The flower of the Bindweed it is shaped like a trumpet and can take on various colors, it appears at the beginning of spring and remains at least until the end of summer. As we will see, it can be yellow or white, but also light blue, full or greenish. In each of its versions it maintains a very pleasant appearance, so much so that it deserves the name of Beautiful by day.
During the day why the flowers remain open only when they can enjoy the sun's rays, otherwise they say goodbye to the company and close to rest to reopen without wrinkles of tiredness at the dawn of the new day. There are at least two hundred species of Bindweed and everyone makes flowers with the typical goblet shape, or trumpet, the same form also have those of the Ipomea, often confused with our shrub, even if of South American origin and larger.
The Bindweed Arvensis exists in two varieties, that Arvensis-Arvensis, with broad leaves, and that Arvensis Linearifolius, with linear leaves. It is often seen as an unwelcome weed, both if present as a climber and as a creeping one, also because although it is never longer than 2 meters, it has very "rooted" roots, whitish and tenacious.
The flowers of this species sprout at the axil of the middle leaves, and are calyx-shaped with a bell-shaped corolla. The prevailing color is white or at most a pale pink marked by slightly darker radial stripes. Check in April and stay until school begins.
Commonly known as Mauritanicus, this Bindweed has slender but dense branches, leaves in abundance but small, round evergreen, ash-green in color, covered by a light and soft down. This shrub cannot stand on itself and needs to be guided and supported so that it can then bloom with its wonderful purplish blueon our walls.
From May to November it is a continuous bubbling, with its rhythm of a beautiful day, which wants to rest in the evening. This species is most often grown in hanging pots or large bowls on columns where the branches can fall freely. More recently, the roofs of areas with a Mediterranean climate also host this Bindweed that covers them in sea blue.
There are various species that they sport the flower in the Blue version. The Sabatius just seen is one of them but not the only one. They are always perennials, suitable for decorating walls, with small oval leaves, light green, and flowers with a typical trumpet shape. There are not only deep blues but also blues and purples, of all possible or almost.
The Convolvulus can also bloom in white, and how, throughout the spring and even in summer. In the Mediterranean climate, it feels great and its white trumpets, or goblets, they stay open for many hours thanks to the light and good weather. Yes, because even if it is day but the sky is gray, it does not mean that the beauty of the day is company and open its flower to those who want to admire it.
Convolvulus: where to buy seeds
You can buy it online with a couple of euros a bag of mix seeds to be distributed with the density of one seed per square meter. Plants with surprisingly colored flowers will sprout, great for borders.
In almost all its varieties, including hybrids, the Convolvulus is climbing. Compact, more developed in width than in length, this shrub creates a dense mass of leaves and flowers. It is rarely creeping, but as a climber + widely spread in Italy and in all sunny areas, in Europe and elsewhere.
As a plant it is classified as a perennial, but it also takes our commitment to make it truly like this. Very undemanding commitment, just create the right conditions to feel good and be beautiful during the day. The Bindweed prefer sunny places, maximum a couple of hours per hour per day, and very well drained soils, does not like being forced into small pots since it has a fairly large root system.
It has no major problems in tolerating drought and at the same time even the cold, if reasonable, does not harm it. In caring for it, let's not overdo it with watering and let it grow freely messy intervening with a light pruning only when it goes beyond reasonable limits or invades the neighbor or the territory of another plant.
Bindweed weed: how to eliminate it
When and if the Bindweed it becomes a pest it is not very easy to eliminate it since, as mentioned, it adapts well to even less than optimal conditions. If we do not intervene with deep plowing or with strong and chemical herbicides, we find ourselves struggling day after day with its deep roots hard to make disappear. It only takes a small fragment to start growing and climbing everywhere, and then sprout.
There is not much to do except keep it under control, observe if it limits other plants and trying to be tolerant with this Bella di Giorno a little self-centered.
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