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Common morning glory (ANNUAL VINE)

Flowers of common morning glory

Common morning glory is a well-loved annual vine that produces an abundance of colorful flowers from mid-summer into autumn.  Numerous cultivars are available as seeds.

Botanical name:

Ipomoea purpurea

All common names:

Common monring glory

Family (English):

Morning glory

Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Vine

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Container,
  • Mixed border,
  • Screen

Size Range:

  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

Soil Preference:

  • Moist, well-drained soil

Seasons of Interest:

  • midsummer,
  • late summer,
  • early fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Blue,
  • Purple,
  • Red,
  • White

Shape or Form:

  • Vining

Growth Rate:

  • Fast

More Information:

Size and Method of Climbing

This vine can climb to 10 feet high.  It is a twining vine.   Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support.  This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.

Plant Care

Full sun and moist, well-drained soils.  Easy to grow from seed.  Seeds should be scarified (nicked slightly) and then soaked overnight before planting.  Start seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost.  Transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.

Disease, pests, and problems

No common serious problems.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to Mexico

Leaf description

The alternate leaves are heart-shaped.

Flower description

Trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of blue, purple, red and white.

Fruit description

The fruit are dried capsules, not ornamentally important.



Location of Ipomoea purpurea (Common morning glory (ANNUAL VINE)) at the Arboretum

We do not seem to have this in our living collection.