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Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.
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Convolvulus 'Moroccan Beauty' is a woody stemmed, trailing, evergreen perennial that is a decorative flowering groundcover plant. This is a very dense and compact form, with delightful mid-blue trumpet shaped flowers, produced in abundance from spring to autumn. It is an easy care garden plant, with few pests or diseases, and suits a wide range of soil types. Once established, it is reasonably dry tolerant, and is tolerant of light frosts. It doesn't need pruning to stay dense, but can be cut back to shape if it spreads too far. It is good as a groundcover, or planted on walls or in containers where it will cascade over the edge. It likes a well drained soil, and a sunny position, and will also do well in a partly shaded area. It is a good plant for poolside and seaside plantings, as it is salt tolerant and a very tidy plant.
The seeds are poisonous if eaten.
Flower colour: blue
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 0.2 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, moths, insects, bees.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied in spring.