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Convolvulus cneorum

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Convolvulus cneorum, also known as silverbush or shrubby bindweed,<ref name = RHSPF /> is a species of flowering plant in the family Convolvulaceae, which contains many plants described as "bindweed". However, unlike other species in the genus, it is an evergreen shrub rather than a vine, forming a low mound Template:Convert in height, with a similar spread. It produces Template:Convert diameter flowers which are white with a yellow throat. These are produced at the end of stems in loose panicles and may almost completely cover the plants. The leaves are grey-green and are covered in fine hairs which give the plant a silvery appearance.<ref name=irish>Template:Cite book</ref>

Distribution

The species is found in coastal areas of Spain, Italy, Croatia and Albania<ref name = irish/> In Italy it is found on the coast of Tuscany and western Sicily and on the islands of Capri and Li Galli. In Croatia it is found on many of the islands off the coast. It is often found growing in cracks in rocks.<ref>Template:Cite journal</ref>

The Latin specific epithet cneorum is a word of Greek origin referring to a small olive-like plant, possibly a species of Daphne.<ref name=RHSLG>Template:Cite book</ref>

Cultivation

The species prefers an alkaline soil, full sun and good drainage. It is cold hardy to −9 C.<ref name = irish/> It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit<ref name = RHSPF>Template:Cite web</ref> (confirmed 2017).<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

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