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Pitted Morning Glory, Small-flowered White Morning Glory, Whitestar
Ipomoea lacunosa

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: lacunosa (lak-uh-NO-suh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Vines and Climbers

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gaylesville, Alabama

Robertsdale, Alabama

Lakeland, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Prince Frederick, Maryland

Alfred, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Lafayette, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 18, 2015, Scribbles646 from Troup, TX wrote:

As of the mid-2000s I knew these small white flowers could be found on a few of the margins on the campus of Alfred University in Alfred, New York, where they were largely overlooked by both students and maintenance.

Positive

On Sep 7, 2009, Dragonothe from Raleigh, NC wrote:

My neighbor has this all around her porch, at least I think it's the same plant. The blossoms don't have any pink in them. Also the seeds are round and the leaves are heart shaped. If it's not Small flowered White Morning Glory, then hopefully someone will tell me what it is.
And I have a LOT of seeds.

Neutral

On Dec 22, 2007, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant is a US Native and its habitat is thickets, waste ground, roadsides, and railroads.

Neutral

On Oct 19, 2005, zemerson from Calvert County, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant grows wild in my area, kinda cute flowers but very small. If you grew it in a garden I would reccomend it as a groundcover rather than a vine as it tends to sprawl rather than climb. Notable features are the green throat and pink anthers.