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Ocean-blue morningglory
Ipomoea indica
Convolvulaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Twining, high climbing herbaceous vine.
Dimensions:
N/A; a twining vine with stems 15 feet or more in length. Often drapes over other vegetation forming large mats.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Florida west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Habitats:
Hammocks and thickets.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Pinkish violet changing to purple, 2-3" wide. Pinkish stripes radiate out from the floral tube. There is a white-flowered form in the Florida Keys.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for Brazilian skipper (Calpodes ethlius), mangrove skipper (Phocides pigmalion), monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus) and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Can become aggressive and dificult to control in the garden; caution is urged.


 


Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton