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A twining plant with trumpet-shaped flowers, of which some kinds are invasive weeds (see also bindweed), and others are cultivated for their bright flowers.→ bindweed
- ‘In the Autumn, when the convolvulus has taken over suburban Australian gardens, strangling trees, insinuating itself into garden sheds, creeping across garden paths, the very name declares its despised status as a weed.’
- ‘Some other plants had survived, a small convolvulus, golden lamium and creeping geranium were beginning to sprout so these were potted up but the lining fell to bits when the basket was emptied.’
- ‘One is a convolvulus called Goat's Foot Morning Glory, the other is Beach Bean, from the pea family and named for its huge woody seeds.’
- ‘To one side the River Seven meandered, thick with willow, purple with balsam and white with convolvulus.’
- ‘The wide verges were tangled with the trumpets of field convolvulus, a smaller version of the plant that plays so loud in the hedges at this time of the year.’
Latin, bindweed, from convolvere roll together (see convolve).
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