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Beach morningglory
Ipomoea imperati

Copyright by: Rosimar Rivera. In habitat, Puerto Rico.

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent groundcover in coastal uplands.

Ecological Restoration Notes: An ephemeral groundcover in the front line of beach dunes.

Description: Prostrate herbaceous vine with short stems.

Dimensions: Typically 1-6 inches inches in height; stems short, less than 5 feet, rooting at the nodes.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys and perhaps absent to the west of Bahia Honda.

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Habitats: Beach dunes.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: White and yellow (or with purplish lobes).

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall; peak summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Nelson 2003

Comments: Often ephemeral on beach dunes in South Florida. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Rosimar Rivera. In habitat, Puerto Rico.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: anonymous, 2019. In habitat, Amelia Island, Florida, USA.

Copyright by: anonymous, 2019. In habitat, Amelia Island, Florida, USA.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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