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Convolvulus Purpureus Purple Bindweed or Convolvulus Major


Convolvulus Purpureus Purple Bindweed or Convolvulus MajorThe Convolvulus Purpureus is an annual plant which grows naturally in Asia and America, but has been long cultivated for ornament in the English gardens, and is generally known by the title of Convolvulus major. Of this there are three or four lasting varieties; the most common hath a purple flower, but there is one with a white, another with a red, and one with a whitish-blue flower, which hath white seeds.

All these varieties I have cultivated many years, without observing them to change. If the seeds of these sorts are sown in the spring, upon a warm border where the plants are designed to remain, they will require no other culture but to keep them clear from weeds, and place some tall stakes down by them, for their stalks to twine about, otherwise they will spread on the ground and make a bad appearance.

The plants, if they are properly supported, will rise 10 or 12 feet high in warm Summers: they flower in June, July, and August, and will continue till the frost kills them. The seeds ripen in Autumn.