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Native alternative(s) for Ipomoea tricolor:
Ipomoea pandurata Ipomoea pandurata on fence
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Dianthus armeria Dianthus armeria
Clematis flower, Johnston County, NC
Clematis terniflora form in landscape on arbor in late summer

Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Ipomoea tricolor

Phonetic Spelling
eye-poh-MEE-ah TRY-kuh-lur
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This Morning glory with many common names from Flying saucer to Granny vine can be a perennial, herbaceous vine, but is most often an annual; reseeding in successive years in cooler zones than its tropical origin of South America.  It grows in sun to part shade and prefers poor soil with little or no fertilizer. 

The leaves are alternate, simple, and heart-shaped with smooth margins measuring 3 to 4 inches long. Its blue, white, or variously colored flower is funnel-shaped.  The flowers open in the morning, then fade and drop by evening. 

To plant from seed it is best to nick the hard seed coat and soak overnight before planting. As this plant is vigorous and self-seeds, it may become weedy. The fruit, a capsuled seed, is poisonous with low toxicity if ingested. 

 

More information on Ipomoea.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Star'
  • 'Crimson Rambler'
  • 'Heavenly Blue'
  • 'Heavenly Blue Improved'
'Blue Star', 'Crimson Rambler', 'Heavenly Blue', 'Heavenly Blue Improved'
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#annual#weedy#blue flowers#vines#houseplants#self-seeding#poor soils tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Star'
  • 'Crimson Rambler'
  • 'Heavenly Blue'
  • 'Heavenly Blue Improved'
'Blue Star', 'Crimson Rambler', 'Heavenly Blue', 'Heavenly Blue Improved'
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#annual#weedy#blue flowers#vines#houseplants#self-seeding#poor soils tolerant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ipomoea
    Species:
    tricolor
    Family:
    Convolvulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Poisonous
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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)
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Seeds poisonous; nick the hard seed coat and soak overnight before planting
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Funnel-shaped, reddish purple, blue, white, or variously colored flowers from mid-summer to fall; flowers open in the morning, then fade and drop
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, heart-shaped, 3-4 inches long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Poor Soil
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. Hallucinations, dilated pupils, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, numbness of extremities, and muscle tightness.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Indole alkaloids, LSD and others
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Seeds