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IPOMOEA carnea

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Family

Convolvulaceae

Botanical Name

IPOMOEA carnea

Plant Common Name

Bush Morning Glory, Gloria de la Mañana, Shrub Ipomoea

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General Description

Tall and lanky, the branch tips of the bush morning glory bear clusters of pink funnel-shaped flowers when weather is warm. A frost-tender shrub from Mexico to Brazil, its lowest stem reaches become woody, but in frosty regions it usually is killed back to the ground and quickly rejuvenates in spring.

The leaves are narrowly oval with long tapering tips and are a primary distinguishing feature to avoid confusion with the noxious vining weed Ipomoaea cairica that has five-lobed leaves. In the warm months, when soil moisture is present, the tall, somewhat floppy and hollow stems are topped in clusters of rosy pink flowers with violet-pink throats. It attracts hummingbirds and long-tongued butterflies. It usually fails to self-sow itself in the landscape.

Grow bush morning glory in full to partial sun in a fertile, well-draining soil that is moist. Too much shade and the plant reduces flowering and becomes so leggy it flops its tall stems more than usual. In windy spots this tropical shrub should be staked, or pinched back in spring so that more branching occurs. Use it as a background plant in a mixed border where the stems will not flop into walkways or overpower nearby shrubs. It will grow as an herbaceous perennial in mild winter regions where occasional light frosts and freezes occur.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 13

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America, South America, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No