Also called simply Shibori (Dappled or Flaked), Emma's Gift, and Carnevale di Venezia.
This fancy heirloom strain of Ipomoea purpurea was named Carnevale di Venezia not just as a marketing name but also because it's believed to have historical connection to Venice.
An older relative of mine found seeds of this variety for sale in Venice while she was there on European vacation. Because it was unlike any other morning glory she had ever seen, my relative asked about the plant's history. The Venetian seed vendor said the variety had been grown in Venice a very long time- at least since the Crusades- and that where it came from before that is uncertain.
Sorry to be a stickler for proper plant naming, however- Pretty please do not confuse this plant with 'Tye Dye Blue' or 'Tie Dye Blue'...Those are incorrect names for this plant.
The actual 'Tie Dye Blue' JMG is a whole different striped MG from Japan- Ipomoea nil. It has larger flowers with a different flower shape, and overall looks quite different.
On Oct 20, 2005, zemerson from Calvert County, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
Pretty morning glory and very prolific bloomer/seeder. Every bloom is different. I can now say with pretty good certainity that aomurasakizyouhatensibori is pronounced "yo-moo-ra-SOCK-ih-zyou-HAT-en-see-BOR-ee" (courtesy of an native japanese speaker)
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Decatur, Alabama Robertsdale, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Carmichael, California Temecula, California Sebastian, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Galena, Indiana Barbourville, Kentucky Halifax, Massachusetts Scio, Oregon North Augusta, South Carolina Prosperity, South Carolina Georgetown, Texas San Antonio, Texas