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Ipomoea alba (Moonflower)

Moonflower, Belle de Nuit, Tropical White Morning Glory, Moon Vine, Ipomoea bona-nox, Calonyction aculeatum


A fascinating and sweetly-scented 'Belle de Nuit', Ipomoea alba (Moonflower) earns its name from its pure white flowers which open in the evening and close when touched by the morning sun. At dawn, the densely packed buds pop open, and the flower petals unfold within a few minutes. They reveal a pale green star extending from the throat and send their very sweet fragrance into the night air. At dusk, the large, flat flowers, 3-6 in. across (8-15 cm), close by rolling up. Ipomoea alba is also noted for its long twining stems luxuriantly clothed in large, heart-shaped, deep green leaves which provide a dense leafy cover. Tender, Ipomoea alba is a perennial vine in warm areas but grown as an annual elsewhere. Prized for its quick growing climbing habits, this 'Belle de Nuit' is perfect to hide an unforgiving fence, climb a wall or scramble through arbors and trellises.

  • Moonflowers produce new flowers daily and bloom continuously from midsummer to fall.
  • Fast growing, this perennial vine will twine its soft stems up to 10-15 ft. tall in one season (300-450 cm) and 3-6 ft. wide (90-180 cm). Self-seeds easily without being invasive
  • Thrives in full sun in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils
  • Deer resistant.
  • 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: Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost, or outdoors after frost danger has passed. Before planting, nick the hard-coated seeds with a file or soak overnight in warm water.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Native to tropical America
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 3A, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Plant Family Ipomoea - Morning Glories
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
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 10 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 3A, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Climbers, Perennials
Plant Family Ipomoea - Morning Glories
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
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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