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EVOLVULUS nuttallianus

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Family

Convolvulaceae

Botanical Name

EVOLVULUS nuttallianus

Plant Common Name

Shaggy Dwarf Morning Glory

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General Description

Fuzzy, silvery-green leaves on spreading stems are made lovely in summer with small blue and white flowers. The shaggy dwarf morning glory is a non-climbing plant that is a perennial that will become shrub-like with age and in regions free from winter frosts. Native to the western United States, it grows in prairies and intermountain plateaus.

The fuzzy stems are held somewhat upright before sprawling horizontally and rooting where they contact the soil. The small oblong oval leaves are light green and clothed in silvery white hairs. From late spring to frost, tiny cup-shaped flowers that look like morning glory blooms open, each for one day. They are white in their centers but can have blue to lavender tints on the petals. At night or on cloudy days the flowers may not open at all, disappointing butterflies and bees.

Grow shaggy dwarf morning glory in full sun to partial shade in moist but well-draining soils that have some fertility. Tolerant of heat and alkaline soils, it is well-suited to rockeries and areas affected by the alkalinity of concrete walks or patios. Keep soils drier in the cool winter months. It may be used as an annual or allowed to become a semi-woody shrub in a meadow or mixed border in mild climate areas.

This plant is a parent to the popular hybrid Blue Daze bush morning glory.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    United States, North-Central United States, Western United States, Texas

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

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Silver

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes