Silverbell (Convolvulus cneorum)

Small, compact shrubs are often needed in gardens that produce lots of flowers and are also easy to care for. Well, one of the most interesting is the one that I am going to present to you below: the Convulvulus cneorum.

It grows quite fast and does not need much attention to be healthy. In fact, it does not usually have problems with pests or diseases, and can be pruned if you see that it is necessary.

Origin and characteristics

It is an evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean Region whose scientific name is Convolvulus cneorum, and which is popularly known as Morning Glory shrub, silver bell, Turkish bindweed or morning glory. It reaches a maximum height of 60 centimeters and has a rounded bearing. The leaves are lanceolate, silver-green in color, and the flowers, which appear in spring-summer, are composed of a white or pink corolla.

It is a very interesting plant to grow in low maintenance gardens, as well as those near the coast. In addition, due to its size it is perfect to have, also, in a pot.

How is it cared for?

Image – Flickr/ Tony Rodd

Would you like to know how to take care of the silver bell? Here is an orientation guide on how to do it correctly:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal cultivation substrate, mixed or not with perlite or similar.
    • Garden: grows in all types of soils as long as they have good drainage (you have more information about this here ).
  • Watering: about 3 times a week in summer, and every 4 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer with ecological fertilizers.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring and cuttings in autumn.
  • Pruning: after flowering, remove dry, diseased, or broken branches. Take the opportunity to trim those that are growing too much.
  • Rusticity: it resists frost down to -4ºC.

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