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Ipomoea indica (Blue Morning Glory)

Blue Morning Glory, Oceanblue Morning Glory, Koali Awa, Blue Dawn Flower, Ipomoea acuminata, Ipomoea learii, Ipomoea learii alba, Pharbitis learii


Award-winning Ipomoea indica (Blue Morning Glory) is a vigorous twining evergreen vine with lush, velvety, heart-shaped leaves and attractive clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers, 3-4 in. (7-10 cm). Opening bright blue in the morning, the blossoms fade to pinkish purple by late afternoon before closing. Morning Glory produces new flowers daily and blooms continuously from late spring to fall. Prized for its quick growing climbing habits, it is perfect to hide an unforgiving fence, climb a wall or scramble through arbors and trellises. Give it room to grow and watch it head for the sky!

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society but it has become a noxious weed and invasive species in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, California and Portugal.
  • Fast growing, this perennial vine will twine its soft stems up to 4-15 ft. tall in one season (120-450 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in loamy, well-drained soils. Water freely when in growth and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every two or three weeks. Water sparingly in winter.
  • Deer resistant but attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Morning Glory requires a support on which to climb such as pergolas, walls or fences. Great in containers, hanging baskets or as groundcover too! Perfect in cottage gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Propagate by seed sown singly at 18 °C in spring. Chip or soak for 24 hours to aid germination. Take softwood cuttings in spring.
  • Susceptible to glasshouse whitefly, glasshouse red spider mite and powdery mildews.
  • Native to tropical habitats throughout the world.
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Plant Family Ipomoea - Morning Glories
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 15' (120cm – 4.5m)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Plant Family Ipomoea - Morning Glories
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 15' (120cm – 4.5m)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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