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Ipomoea x multifida is often confused with:
Ipomoea quamoclit Ipomea quamoclit
Native alternative(s) for Ipomoea x multifida:
Ipomoea pandurata Ipomoea pandurata on fence
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia splendens Salvia splendens
Lonicera sempervirens Lonicera sempervirens
Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' bracts close

Ipomoea x multifida

Phonetic Spelling
eye-poh-MEE-a mul-ti-fid-a
Description

This unusual heirloom Morning glory, known commonly as Cardinal creeper or Hearts and honey vine, is a hybrid of Ipomoea coccinea and Ipomoea quamoclit.  It is descended from a single plant and reproduces true from seed.  It can also be confusingly known as Cypress vine, which is the common name of I. quamoclit a parent plant.  It is frost tender and an annual grown from seed or reseeding.  The leaves are a cross of the parent plants with the triangular leaves less finely divided than those of Cypress vine, I quamoclit. The trumpet-shaped flowers are a vibrant scarlet red with white or yellow markings which attract hummingbirds, as well as bees and butterflies.   

This annual prefers moist, well-drained soil, but will tolerate dry soil if watered regularly.  Unless the soil is very poor, it does not require fertilizer.  It can be trained as a vine, used as ground cover, or grown in containers. It can be attractive to rabbits and deer.

To grow from seed, it is best to nick the hard outer covering and soak 12-24 hours before planting shallowly in light soil.

 

More information on Ipomoea.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#hummingbirds#sun#partial shade#annual#container plant#red flowers#well-drained soil#vine#groundcover
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#sun#partial shade#annual#container plant#red flowers#well-drained soil#vine#groundcover
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ipomoea
    Family:
    Convolvulaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    a climbing vine, ground cover or container plant
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and South America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Tendrils
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    11a, 11b, 12b, 12a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Five fused petals forming a trumpet shape; bright red with white or yellow throats
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Deltoid
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Vertical Spaces
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds