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Ipomoea - L.

Common Name Moonflower, Tropical white morning-glory
Family Convolvulaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet forests, watercourses and disturbed areas in China[266].
Range Pantropical.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Ipomoea Moonflower, Tropical white morning-glory


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ipomoea is an evergreen Perennial Climber growing to 10 m (32ft 10in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Calonyction aculeatum. C. album.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Young leaves and fleshy calyces - cooked. Steamed and eaten as a vegetable or used in curries, soups, stews etc[183]. They can also be dried for later use[183]. Seed - eaten when young[183].

Medicinal Uses

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The whole herb is used in treating snakebite[266].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a fertile well-drained loam in a warm sunny position[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Another report says that plants need a minimum temperature of 5°c if they are to overwinter successfully[260]. A short-lived perennial or biennial species[187]. A fast-growing climbing plant, it is best grown as a temporary screen in the garden or along the boundary edge[200]. Plants need a long period of growth to reach flowering size and so are not very suitable for growing in pots in a greenhouse[260]. A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around the branches of other plants[219]. The plant forms tubercles (baby tubers) on the stems and can be propagated by them[260]. The aromatic flowers open of a night time[188].

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water, or scarify the seed, and sow in individual pots in a greenhouse in early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at 22°c. Plants are extremely resentful of root disturbance, even when they are quite small, and should be potted up almost as soon as they germinate[219]. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter then plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of side shoots in a peaty soil. Layering. Plants form tubercles on their stems[260]. These can be stored overwinter in a slightly moist medium such as sand or leafmould, keeping them in a cool but frost-free place. Pot them up in early spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Ipomoea albaMoonflower, Tropical white morning-glory21
Ipomoea aquaticaSwamp Morning Glory42
Ipomoea batatasSweet Potato, Black Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine50
Ipomoea jalapaJalap03
Ipomoea leptophyllaBush Moon Flower32
Ipomoea nilJapanese Morning Glory, Whiteedge morning-glory02
Ipomoea pandurataWild Potato Vine, Man of the earth32
Ipomoea purpureaCommon Morning Glory, Tall morning-glory02
Ipomoea sagittataSaltmarsh Morning Glory, Saltmarsh morning-glory01
Ipomoea tricolorMorning Glory, Grannyvine01

 

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