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Ipomoea purpurea

Morning glory

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Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Ipomoea purpurea

Plant details

Morning glory, Ipomoea, 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 bears a profusion of blue, red and violet-purple, trumpet-shaped flowers through summer until early autumn. Flowers have white throats and the twining stems are hairy. Though strictly a short-lived perennial, it's best grown as an annual. It is easy to grow and can be sown where it is to flower – ideally in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. 

Family: Convolvulaceae

Genus: Ipomoea

Species: purpurea

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: February to May

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