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Ipomoea obscura

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: obscura (ob-SKEW-ruh) (Info)

Synonym:Ipomoea demissa
Synonym:Ipomoea insuavis
Synonym:Convolvulus obscurus
Synonym:Ipomoea incospicua
Synonym:Ipomoea saltiana

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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 woody stem cuttings
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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TexasPuddyPrint On Apr 22, 2006, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

Prolific bloomer with the daintiest looking little pale yellow flowers with a maroon throat. Does very well in south Texas...even when I neglect to water it. Puts out plenty of seeds too.

Positive Gourd On Feb 13, 2006, Gourd from Mesilla Park, NM wrote:

Even though the seeds were sown later than all other MGs, this species bloomed quicker and only wish that I had sown more seeds alot earlier. The plants not only bloom sooner, but also produced seeds within a short period of time. Nice bright orange color, they bloom in the morning and close by noon.

Neutral Texasbloomer On Sep 19, 2005, Texasbloomer from Plano, TX wrote:

One of the 5 yellows I planted in May, it grew well and hearty, but no sign of a bloom anywhere. Will try again next year as it looks so cheerful!

Neutral OhioBreezy On Aug 3, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Neutral only because the blooms are small (thus the name obscura lol), the color is beautiful and cheery to look upon.


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

El Sobrante, California
Elk Grove, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Brooksville, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Derby, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Dundee, Ohio
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Edinburg, Texas
Plano, Texas

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