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Bush Morning Glory

Convolvulus tricolor

Bush morning glory is the perfect pick for gardeners who love morning glories but don't have the space. This lower-growing annual usually stays under 2 feet tall and bears trumpet-shape flowers in jewel-tone shades of blue, white, and pink. It's a fun choice for containers when cascading down the sides.

Start from seed in spring directly the garden. It likes gritty, sandy, well-drained soil and will grow too lush with fewer flowers if the soil is too rich, or with too much water, or you fertilize much. Bush morning glory sometimes self seeds in the garden, coming back year after year. It can become invasive in some conditions.

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1 to 3 feet


8-16 inches wide

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more varieties for Bush Morning Glory

'Ensign Blue' bush morning glory
'Ensign Blue' bush morning glory
Convolvulus 'Ensign Blue' bears gorgeous true-blue flowers with a clear yellow eye. It grows 18 inches tall.
Ensign White bush morning glory
Ensign White bush morning glory
Convolvulus 'Ensign White' bears beautiful white flowers that have a yellow eye. Plants grow about 18 inches tall.
Ground morning glory
Ground morning glory
Convolvulus mauritanicus is a drought-resistant groundcover with gray-green leaves and sky blue flowers in summer. It grows 1 foot tall and 3 feet wide. Perennial in Zones 8-9

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