Turkish Correhuela (Convolvulus cneorum): characteristics and growing requirements

In very hot and dry climates, gardens of green grasses of grass and ferns are clearly not possible. Do not be discouraged because for these climates there are countless heat and drought resistant plants with wonderful and colorful flowers. Today we bring you a resistant plant with white and delicate flowers for your Mediterranean garden. Turkish bindweed

A few months ago there was talk of the rockery garden and xero-gardening. Within this type of garden there is an innumerable catalog of plants to complete and dress Mediterranean gardens that, with a little organization and well-distributed and efficient irrigation, you can have a real oasis in the middle of the harsh and hot summer of these climatic zones. Today we tell you the characteristics of a very resistant plant that at the same time has a delicate flower that does not seem to belong to this plant. Let’s talk about the Turkish bindweed.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TURKISH BINDWEED ( CONVOLVULUS CNEORUM )

This is a silky-looking grayish-green evergreen bush, very similar to the green of the olive leaf. The appearance of this plant ends up forming a dense ball that when grown near an edge (different levels of a rockery or a wall), will fall like a small waterfall .

The flowers have a white or slightly pink corolla (ribs) with a yellow center. The flowering period of the Turkish bindweed is maintained during the spring and part of the summer, specifically from April to July approximately . The buds that sprout are pink in color that, when they open, give way to the white flower that we see in the photos.

WHAT WEATHER DO YOU NEED?

Taking into account that its origin is the coasts of Croatia and its current habitat is located in the Mediterranean areas of Africa, Italy, Croatia, Spain, etc., it is clear what its habitat will be. Despite being in rather warm areas, we have to say that during winter rest the plant can withstand temperatures down to -12 ºC . The preferred exposure for this plant is full sun. It does not suffer despite long exposures.

THE TYPE OF SOIL IS IMPORTANT

It’s a tad whimsical with the drainage. It is designed for rockery area and normally rocky, stony places are ideal places for this plant, so drainage is essential , almost vital. Otherwise it supports very well the poor and limestone soils typical of Mediterranean areas.

PESTS AND DISEASES  BINDWEED

In general, it can be attacked by aphids and mealybugs and if it is in environments with too humid summers it can be the victim of cryptogamic diseases, weakening the plant.

If desired, it can be planted in a pot, but just as we noted the soil conditions in the garden, drainage should be the top priority. A draining substrate made up of sand and stone substrate must be achieved for proper growth.

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