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Morning Glory Ipomoea

Growing Morning Glory: Tips at a Glance

Morning glory vine has handsome heart-shaped leaves and delicate trumpet flowers and is easy to grow (reaching heights of up to 15 feet in a single season). Use it to mask a trouble spot in the garden—such as an unsightly fence or wall—and prevent it from turning into an invasive pest (deadhead flowers before it sets seed pods).

  • Type Flowering vine
  • Lifespan Perennial, annual
  • USDA Zones 10-11
  • Light Sun or part shade
  • Soil Well-drained
  • Water Moist, not soggy
  • Design Tip Mask a problem
  • Companions Nasturtium, creeping fig
  • Peak Season August, September

Morning Glory: A Field Guide

Morning glory vines can grow as much as 15 feet in a season, to blanket an ugly fence, wall, or telephone pole. In addition to the purple cultivars  everyone thinks of when they think of morning glory, the vines’  trumpet-shaped flowers can bloom in many shades of pink, blue, white, red—as well as variegated combinations.

Some of our favorite varieties are Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’ (“a classic heirloom that produces sky blue flowers with white centers,” writes our contributor Jeanne Rostaing; Ipomoea nil ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ with red flowers that attract hummingbirds, and I. alba ‘Giant White’  with perfumed white flowers that open in the early evening.

Tip: Purple morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) has a reputation for escaping from gardens to naturalize all across the U.S.; other species are also considered invasive in some areas. Prevent it from self-seeding by deadheading flowers after they bloom.  Remove the entire plant after the first frost kills it (as if it were a weed) and bag it for removal instead of putting the vines into the compost bin.

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