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Common Name: Australian Bindweed
Convolvulus erubescens is a Perennial Climber up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Australia - all areas except the extreme north.
Loamy soils in grassland and open forest to the montane zone[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Self
We have very little information on this species and do not know how cold hardy it will be in British gardens. It is hardy to about -7°c in Australian gardens[
], though this cannot be applied directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. It is likely that this species will only succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a lighter basic soil[
] of low to medium fertility[
Bindweed is a very deep-rooting plant with a vigorous root system that extends to a considerable distance and is very hard to eradicate from the soil. Even a small piece of the root will grow into a new plant if it is left in the ground. Once established this plant soon becomes a pernicious weed[
]. It is a climbing plant that supports itself by twining around any support it can find and can soon swamp and strangle other plants[
The flowers close at night and also during rainy weather[
Some members of this genus harbour tobacco mosaic virus of the Solanaceae[
] and so should not be grown near potatoes, tomatoes and other members of that family.
Used in the treatment of diarrhoea, indigestion and stomach pains[
Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe, it germinates in the autumn[
]. This species can become a real pest in the garden so it is unwise to encourage it.