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Ipomoea quamoclit is often confused with:
Ipomoea x multifida Ipomoea x multifida
Native alternative(s) for Ipomoea quamoclit:
Ipomoea pandurata Ipomoea pandurata on fence
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare
Hibiscus syriacus Hibiscus syriacus
Viola arvensis

Ipomoea quamoclit

Phonetic Spelling
eye-poh-MEE-a KWAM-oh-klit
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

This invasive vine is original to the tropics of South America and, though an annual, spreads quickly by self-seed propagation.  It grows rapidly reaching 10-20 feet, but is not sturdy and requires support to grow upright. The delicate, fern-like foliage recoils from direct sunlight but expands after sundown. The bright scarlet red flowers are small, blooming from early summer to fall frost and are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.  This plant grows in full sun in average soil and requires good drainage but adequate moisture. It tolerates deer, some drought, and both wet and dry soil conditions. Germination of seeds is aided by scarifying and soaking in water for 12-24 hours,

 

More information on Ipomoea.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Alba
  • Cardinalis
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#invasive#annual#wildlife plant#weedy#nectar plant#specialized bees#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Alba
  • Cardinalis
Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#invasive#annual#wildlife plant#weedy#nectar plant#specialized bees#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ipomoea
    Species:
    quamoclit
    Family:
    Convolvulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico to Central America
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Ipomea support the following specialized bees: Melitoma taurea and Cemolobus ipomoeae.
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    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 Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Delicate, fern-like
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy