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PlantFiles: 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)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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


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:

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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dragonothe 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 distantkin 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 zemerson 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.


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
Raleigh, North Carolina
Lafayette, Tennessee
Westmoreland, Tennessee

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