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Ipomoea alba 'Meekerii'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)
Cultivar: Meekerii

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RxBenson On Sep 3, 2012, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Apologies. I just posted the generic I. alba photo to this "Meekerii" page

Positive marialuisa2 On May 29, 2012, marialuisa2 from Selma, NC wrote:

After many attempts in the last few years, I finally got the seeds to sprout and now have four(4) healthy seedlings doing fine growing in a good size pot. The seed packet said the blooms are fragant at night. I will post photos and document night fragance when it happens.

Positive ransom3 On Mar 23, 2011, ransom3 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

Neutral phydeaux On Jun 8, 2009, phydeaux from Crescent City, CA wrote:

An acquaintance handed me a muddy little plant she'd jerked out of the ground about a year ago. She told me it was a "moonflower," and was very hardy. Hardy!! Talk about an understatement! Here in the warm, moist, highly acidic northwest corner of California, It's growing like gangbusters. It's almost scary -- I think it could easily do a kudzu thing. Since I planted it to hide the death throes of a shed, I think it's gonna do the trick. But I don't think anyone can control this plant -- it's off and running. It's beautiful and invasive.

Positive QueenB On Jul 30, 2006, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a dark-seeded form of I. alba. The seedling proved to be very cold hardy, surviving short periods of freezing temps when I placed it out a little too early. Other tropical species I had planted near it experienced damage resulting in death. The mature vine isn't near as aggressive as the white-seeded form, being somewhat slow growing in spite of the fact that it's planted in an area that gets ample moisture. The vine also tends to be more wiry with less of the typical red pigmentation that the white has, and the flowers aren't quite as large. This may be a better cultivar for those who want the flowers, but not the massive amount of vines the white one produces, and also good for those who live in colder areas who have trouble growing this species.


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

Crescent City, California
Brooksville, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Mcdonough, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Natick, Massachusetts
Licking, Missouri
Selma, North Carolina
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Inman, South Carolina
Grand Saline, Texas
Shepherd, Texas
Temple, Texas

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