One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A twining plant with trumpet-shaped flowers, of which some kinds (such as bindweed) are invasive weeds and others are cultivated for their bright flowers.
Genus Convolvulus, family Convolvulaceae
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To one side the River Seven meandered, thick with willow, purple with balsam and white with convolvulus.’
- ‘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.’
Latin, ‘bindweed’, from convolvere ‘roll together’ (see convolve).
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