Morning Glory Ipomoea spp. (eye-po-MAY-ah)
TYPE: Annuals and Perennials for sun to part shade. Tall growing and wide spreading
SPACING: 4 - 8 feet
HABIT: Summer flowers in many colors. Fast-growing annuals. Ipomoea leptophylla is the native bush morning glory. Ipomoea alba is the night-blooming moonflower. Ipomoea tricolor is the common morning glory. Ipomoea quamoclit is the cypress vine or cardinal climber. Morning glory is a kissing cousin to field bindweed and can grow to 16 feet, depending on the species. Control by increasing organic matter in the soil.
Photo by Frankie Beckman
CULTURE: Grows easily in any soil with very little maintenance.
USES: Summer color
PROBLEMS: Various caterpillars.
NOTE: Easy to grow from seed, likes poor soil, can be invasive. Moon flower (I. alba) has large white blossoms that open at night.