A bushy plant, not a climber like its notorious close relative the Common Bindweed. It thrives in poor, sandy soil and produces an abundance of eye-catching. Each one is a wide-mouthed trumpet, brightly coloured with a yellow or golden heart. Unfortunately the glory is short-lived – the flowers open in the morning and fade in the evening. Deadhead regularly and water in dry weather.
VARIETIES: Several varieties of C. tricolor (C. minor) are available. ‘Royal Enslgn’(1.5 ft. dark blue with gold centre) is an excellent choice and so is ‘Crimson Monarch’. ‘Blue Flash’ (9 in.) and ‘Rainbow Flash’ are more compact plants – they are suitable for window boxes as well as the front of the bed. The climber Ipomoea purpurea is sometimes listed as C. major.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do. Choose a sunny situation.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 9 in. or 1.5 ft.
Spacing: 6 or 9 in.
Flowering period: June-September.
PROPAGATION: Sowin September or March where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.