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EVOLVULUS glomeratus

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Family

Convolvulaceae

Botanical Name

EVOLVULUS glomeratus

Plant Common Name

Brazilian Dwarf Morning Glory

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General Description

A morning glory that does not climb, the Brazilian dwarf morning glory has gray-green leaves and small morning glory flowers of a deep blue when temperatures are warm. A tender perennial that can become shrubby with semi-woody stems with age, it is native to Brazil and Paraguay where it is found in sunny prairies.

The small, egg-shaped leaves are light green but covered in fine silvery hairs. Overall this makes the foliage mound a gray-green. When temperatures are warm, branch tips reveal small blue flowers that are cup-like. These blossoms close at night or if the day is overcast; when open they attract butterflies. In tropical regions this plant is evergreen, nad light frost may nip at the foliage.

Grow this dwarf morning glory in full to partial sun in any well-draining, warm soil that is poor to average in fertility. In summer's heat, water freely but in winter sharply reduce. This plant is very heat and humidity tolerant, and in temperate regions it is great as a bedding or container annual. It will be like an herbaceous perennial in frosty but mild climates. Use it as an accent or edging in the rockery or mixed tropical border or as a billowy massed groundcover. This species is one parent for the widely popular hybrid cultivar 'Blue Daze'.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Indigo, Dark Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Foundation, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes