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PlantFiles: Pygmy Bindweed
Convolvulus lineatus

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Convolvulus (kon-VOLV-yoo-lus) (Info)
Species: lineatus (lin-ee-AY-tus) (Info)

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral altagardener On Aug 17, 2011, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

Convolvulus lineatus is a woody-based sub-shrub that is native to the Mediterranean region, as well as to Iran, Afghanistan, Pamir-Alai, Tien Shen and Pakistan. It is an uncommon plant that is grown in rock gardens.

Note that it is not a vining species and should not be confused with the invasive vining species, Convolvulus arvensis and Convolvulus sepium.

Neutral SudieGoodman On Dec 20, 2010, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Zone 8b, Heat Zone 9, deep southeast TX on Lake Sam Rayburn
I appreciate any plant that produces a lovely blossom & this Bindweed does. However, be warned it is an aggresive, binding vine.
Once it joins your garden, its there forever, very prolific! : )
Bees & butterflies like the Bindweed nectar.

Negative dave12122 On Dec 18, 2010, dave12122 from East Haddam, CT wrote:

A terrible thug! Spreads by far reaching stolons and is perfectly capable of smothering any plant in its way. In rich soil, will take over a trough in a matter of weeks. Slower in poor soil, but still potentially a nuisance. Use with care!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

East Haddam, Connecticut
Broaddus, Texas

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