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Ipomoea

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This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Ipomoea is the family of plants known as Morning Glory, which are tenacious vines.  They feature blooms of pink, lavender and purple or blue which open each morning and fade at night.  They tolerate a wide range of average to poor soil and sunny to partial shade conditions. Though they are not perennial and grow from seed, they are very successful at spreading quickly, returning annually and are difficult to control. To plant, nick the hard seed coat and soak overnight before planting. They are not listed as invasive in North Carolina but are listed on the USDA Noxious Weed site and in several surrounding states.  Some varieties may be poisonous. In addition to the morning glory, Ipomoea also includes cypress vine and several cultivars.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#red#white#pink#sun#poisonous#annual#summer#wildflowers#fall interest#vines
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#red#white#pink#sun#poisonous#annual#summer#wildflowers#fall interest#vines
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ipomoea
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Vine
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico
    Wildlife Value:
    Minimal
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Vine
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Spreading
    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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    trumpet, funnel-shaped; colors varying from blue through purple to red, pink and white
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Large heart-shaped
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    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