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Coastal morningglory
Ipomoea violacea
Convolvulaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Twining, high climbing herbaceous vine.
Dimensions:
N/A; a twining vine with stems 15 feet or more in length.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Monroe and Miami-Dade counties north along the west coast to Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; Texas, West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World tropics.
Habitats:
Coastal hammock edges 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:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt 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:
White in South Florida.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy, but open mostly at night.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule. All year.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
Comments:
A highly variable species widely cultivated outside of South Florida; local sources should be used. Can become aggressive and dificult to control in the garden; caution is urged.


 


Keith A. Bradley