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Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott'

Morning glory

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Key information

Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Morning glory is a beautiful hardy annual climber native the rainforests of South America. Violet-purple, trumpet-shaped blooms contrast with rich green foliage in summer. Morning glory is easy to raise from seed and grows quickly, making it perfect for growing up obelisks, growing through shrubs and trees, and filling gaps while perennial climbers become established. The flowers open wide in the early morning sun but are short-lived and will not last into the afternoon. Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott' is an heirloom variety hailing from Bavaria. It's flowers are an intense violet-blue, with a pinkish throat and star-shaped veining, up to 7cm across.

Family: Convolvulaceae

Genus: Ipomoea

Species: purpurea

Cultivar: Grandpa Ott

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: February to May

Flowering period: June to October


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jesgardener

Concise & to the point.


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