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PlantFiles: Ground Morning Glory
Convolvulus mauritanicus

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Convolvulus (kon-VOLV-yoo-lus) (Info)
Species: mauritanicus (maw-rih-TAWN-ee-kus) (Info)

Synonym:Convolvulus sabatius

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nifty413 On Apr 17, 2012, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant has survived many challenges here in my Zone 8a garden: the worst single-year drought ever recorded combined with the greatest number of 100F+ high temperatures in a calendar year without any supplemental irrigation (it went dormant); a recorded low temperature of 11F; heavy clay soil with limestone fragments (relatively high pH).

Positive GardenSox On Jul 9, 2010, GardenSox from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of my favorite plants to use in pots and in the landscape. In pots it makes a great "spiller" and when it gets plenty of water it will bloom for about 8 months out of the year here in zone 9a. The roots seem to grow vigorously so I've had the most success when it is in bigger pots with regular water.

In the ground, however, this has been one of the easiest to maintain ground covers I've ever planted. It does spread and make you worry about it being invasive but in my experience growth has been easy to contain simply by occasional pruning.

Positive peejay12 On Apr 5, 2010, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a real gem of a plant - an evergreen, fast growing ground cover with a constant supply of flowers.

I live in a zone 9b area, and In the right conditions, ie full sun, well drained soil, this plant can grow five feet across or more, and flowers all summer. In warmer climates it might be invasive -- but who cares? It spreads by underground stems which pop up a foot or so from the main plant. These make good cuttings.

For five years my two plants made a spectacular display, but an unusually severe frost of -6 C killed both plants. Later on I grew a lot more and these survived every winter - I plant them everywhere. As R Weiler said, sometimes they refuse to grow and die off (?)

The flowers open sky blue and then change to a more violet blue, and the combination is superb.

A dark form is available which I must try.

Edit: one of my plants is 6 years old now, and the gravelly sandy soil suits it, because it is now 10 feet across.

Positive croclover On Jul 1, 2006, croclover from Lake Forest, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Drought tolerant and can take abuse. Grows well with roses and is disease resistant. Great carefree plant to fill in the gaps of your flower beds or to let spill over river rock.

Neutral rweiler On Aug 15, 2005, rweiler from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I was excited to find these in my local Albuquerque nurseries. I planted 2 (gallon size) in different locations, 1 fun sun and one partial. One died suddenly after one month, from seemly healthy to dried up completely in 4 days. The other has been fantastic for 4 months. Then again suddenly, died the same death in 4 days. I am baffled. I was wondered I had overwatered, but in dry, 90 degree NM weather it is extremely hard to overwater. I hope you have better luck!

Positive golgi On Jun 9, 2004, golgi from Willoughby, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Blooms continuously throughout summer.Survived the winter indoors,and started blooming immediately after planted outdoors again. Great for pots,hanging baskets,flower boxes.Almost electric blue!


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

Queen Creek, Arizona
Tempe, Arizona
Hathaway Pines, California
Lake Forest, California
Lemon Grove, California
Long Beach, California
Sacramento, California (2 reports)
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Monica, California
Sebastopol, California
Brooksville, Florida
Derby, Kansas
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Columbus, Ohio
Willoughby, Ohio
Scio, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Garland, Texas
San Angelo, Texas
Sequim, Washington

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