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Ipomoea wolcottiana

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: wolcottiana
Synonym:Ipomoea calodendron
Synonym:Ipomoea calva


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers


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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

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Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

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 softwood cuttings

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 21, 2007, EmmaGrace from Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Ipomoea wolcottiana is a vine that I found in Acapulco in December 2005. The 5" to 6" Blooms look like Pure Satin that are a Bright Solid White, with a Deep Dark Burgundy Throat.
It appears to be a long climber as it winds through the top of an Acacia Tree, and from the looks of the vine it has some age.
Exquisitely Beautiful!
Ron made the positive ID on this Morning Glory for me.