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IPOMOEA alba

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Felder Rushing

Family

Convolvulaceae

Botanical Name

IPOMOEA alba

Plant Common Name

Evening Glory, Moonflower

General Description

Moonflower is a heat-loving, tropical perennial vine that produces large, fragrant flowers that open in the evening, hence the common name, moonflower. Originally from the American tropics, this plant comfortably grows across the world's equatorial regions, though it is also easily grown as a tender perennial in temperate regions.

The vines climb by twining stems and are covered with large, green, heart-shaped leaves. These give way to huge white funnel-shaped flowers with butter yellow throats; occasionally blooms have pink hues. Moonflowers are sweetly fragrant, night-blooming and pollinated by moths.

Plant moonflower in full to partial sun and fertile, humus-rich, well-draining soil. This vine needs heat to produce its flowers, though it prefers afternoon shade in hot climates. Moonflower is easily grown from seed, but there are health concerns related to them, so keep them away from children. Give moonflower a substantial structure to climb on, such as a fence, arbor, or large trellis, and protect it from wind.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-70' / 3.0m - 21.3m (20)

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes