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Morning Glory

Annual Flower, Vine

Ipomoea purpurea
Convolvulaceae Family
Synonym: Convolvulus purpureus, Pharbitis purpurea, Ipomoea major

Morning Glory is an old fashioned favorite prized for its quick growing climbing habits and deep-blue trumpet-shaped flowers. New varieties with different flower colors have added extra interest to this classic plant.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers soil that is moist but not soggy soil. Grows best in warm weather.
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: annual

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 6 to 10 feet

If grown on a trellis.

Spread: 6 to 10 feet

If allowed to spread over the ground.

Bloom time:

  • early summer
  • mid-summer
  • late summer
  • early fall

Flower color:

  • red
  • blue
  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Varieties are available in various shades of these basic colors. Some also have 5 pointed star markings inside their “trumpets.” White flowers with colored stripes are also available. The flowers remain open in overcast weather, but shrivel quickly in the hot daytime sun. New flowers are produced daily.

Foliage color:

  • medium green
  • dark green

Foliage texture:

  • coarse
  • medium


  • spreading mass
  • climbing / vine

Shape in flower: same as above

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • deer resistant
  • aggressive - Self-seeds easily. Can become a weedy nuisance.
  • non-invasive
  • native to North America - North America
  • hummingbirds
Special uses:
  • direct-seeding
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed - Start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost, or outdoors where desired after frost danger has passed. Before planting, nick the hard-coated seeds with a file or soak overnight in warm water.

Germination temperature: 65 F to 85 F

Days to emergence: 4 to 7

Maintenance and care:
Install trellis or stakes before planting.

More growing information: How to Grow Annuals

‘Heavenly Blue’: 2 ½’ wide bright blue flowers with white throats. Striking.

‘Milky Way’: bright white flowers with maroon stripes.

‘Scarlet O’Hara’: deep scarlet flowers marked with white throats.

‘Pearly Gates’: pure white flowers.