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Morning Glory

Ipomoea indica 

  • Common Name: Morning Glory (other common names: Blue Dawn Flower, Blue Morning Glory, Common Morning Glory, Convolvulus, Dunny Creeper, Lear's Morning Glory, Ocean blue Morning Glory, Purple Morning Glory)
  • Scientific Name: Ipomoea indica
  • Family Name: Convolvulaceae
  • Origin: The origin of Ipomoea indica is unclear as it appears to be pan-tropical. Locations within which Ipomoea indica is naturalized include the coastal districts of eastern Australia, southern Europe, southern New Zealand, southern USA, Pacific islands and eastern and southern Africa. Some consider it a native to Florida.
  • Height: 10’ – 25’ (vine)
  • Width: 2’-3’ wide depending how much you let it creep and scramble along the ground.
  • Growth: Fast growing vine that likes wetter tropical, subtropical and temperate regions.
  • Zone: 9A – 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun.
  • Salt Tolerance: Medium
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Thrives in moist but well-drained loamy soils but will do well in low nutrient soils. Acid, alkaline, neutral ph.
  • Soil Moisture: Average, water freely in its growth stage but cut back in the winter.
  • Drought Tolerance: Drought and humidity tolerant.
  • Pests/Diseases: Can get glasshouse red spider mites, whiteflies, and occasional powdery mildew.
  • Growing Conditions: Grows and will spread very quickly making it perfect for dune restoration or in coastal landscapes.
  • Characteristics: Leaves are 2”-7” long, they range from heart shaped to three-lobed with pointed tips, alternately arranged, both the surfaces are fuzzy or hairy but even more so on the underside. Blooms are 2”-3”, showy, 5 long and narrow sepals and is a tubular flower of blue or indigo with paler pink-whitish pink central tube and appear during the late spring to early summer and late summer to early fall.
  • Propagation: By seed or most commonly reproduces from broken fragments of stems that produce new roots at the nodes. You can take softwood cuttings in the spring as well.
  • Wildlife: Attracts bees, birds, hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Facts: This plant has earned the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
    Designer Considerations: Used for hanging baskets and groundcover, with support it can climb pergolas, walls, trellises, arbors and fences. It also works well in containers on your patio.

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Morning Glory