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Common moonflowers, Moonflowers
Ipomoea alba

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by a few native plant nurseries in central and northern Florida.

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: Monroe County Keys north to Volusia, Putnam, Alachua and Levy counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and Old World tropics.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Hammock and swamp edges.

Soils: Moist to seasonally inundated, well-drained to moderately 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: White.

Flower Characteristics: Showy, but open mostly at night.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Frequently recruits in disturbed areas that have recently burned.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed or cuttings.

Comments: Can become aggressive and dificult to control in the garden; caution is urged.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Magha García Medina, 2015;Agrandar.

Copyright by: Magha García Medina, 2015; Agrandar.

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Tree Tops Park

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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