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Ipomoea imperati is often confused with:
Ipomoea batatas Ipomea batatas
Native alternative(s) for Ipomoea imperati:
Ipomoea sagittata Form in bloom
Parthenocissus quinquefolia wild form - new growth
Passiflora incarnata Flower
Smilax bona-nox Smilax bona-nox
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Clethra alnifolia Clethra alnifolia
Clematis crispa Clematis crispa
Hibiscus laevis Flowers
Ipomoea imperati has some common insect problems:
Twospotted Spider Mites on Landscape Plants

Ipomoea imperati

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
eye-poh-MEE-ah im-per-AH-tee
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Beach morning-glory is a perennail vine in the Convolvulaceae (morning glory) family.  It is native to the coastlines of tropical and subtropical areas across the globe where it is found sprawling along sandy beaches and dunes. Ipomoea is Greek for ips, "worm", and homoios, or "similar to", refering to the long smooth stems resembling worms.  The species imperati is Latin for "ruler" or "emperor".

This scrambling, creeping vine trails along the ground reaching great widths of up to 30 feet but is typically no more than 1/2 a foot tall.  Growing best on dry to moist sandy soils in full sun.   Beach morning-glory is tolerant of heat, drought, and wind, as well as salt spray.  Propagate this plant by seed or division.

The large, showy funnel shaped whitle flowers open in the morning and close by afternoon blooming from early summer to fall. The stems root at the nodes providing stablization to the sandy dunes on which they grow. 

Use in coastal landscapes as a groundcover.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Sweet potato weevil and spider mites are occasional problems.

See this plant in the following landscape:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#drought tolerant#white flowers#scrambling#small mammals#salt spray tolerant#pollinator plant#flowers mid-summer#food source fall#flowers early summer#flowers late summer#food source nectar#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#Coastal FACU#flowers early fall#problem for cats#problem for dogs#bee friendly#problem for horses#flowers mid-fall#Audubon#coastal plant#coastal
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ipomoea
    Species:
    imperati
    Family:
    Convolvulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical and Subtropical coastlines
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees and hummingbirds are attracted to this plant. Seeds provide food for small mammals.
    Climbing Method:
    Scrambler
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 2 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Vine
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Dry dehiscent capsule displays from September to November
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large (2 in) white with yellow center, fused funnel shaped blooms appear from early summer to October.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, fleshy, alternate leaves that have a notch in the apex. They vary in shape.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Long smooth stems, roots form at the nodes
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Hummingbirds
    Small Mammals
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Erosion
    Heat
    Salt
    Wind
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, large amounts of seeds may cause hallucinations
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Indole alkaloids (Lysergic acid, lysergamide, elymoclavine and chanoclavine)
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No