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PlantFiles: Japanese Morning Glory
Ipomoea 'Chocolate'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive zanejr On Jul 20, 2010, zanejr from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

If you like morning glories, you'll like this one. I have some chocolates that are variegated, some all green, and the flowers are 4-5 inches across, like heavenly blue. Some blooms tend to have white around the rims.

Positive Ithiel On Jul 20, 2010, Ithiel from Detroit, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grew some of these about 6 years ago or so in partial shade, it bloomed in August with flowers about 5 to 6 inches across. The leaves on mine were variegated unlike the images here, I've never seen any with variegated foliage since then.

Positive WillowWasp On Jun 13, 2004, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Absolutly beautiful Morning Glory and sooo huge. So far it is the largest I have seen. There are also so mutants appering in the vine along with the regular color. A real intresting flower to grow, I will grow it again...

Positive mystic On Aug 31, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Really a pretty morning glory. With hugh blooms. I will grow this one again.


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

El Sobrante, California
Crestview, Florida
Boone, Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Detroit, Michigan
Valley Cottage, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Dundee, Ohio
Lynchburg, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
Bangor, Pennsylvania
Lafayette, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Plano, Texas
Shepherd, Texas
North Bend, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Cabin Creek, West Virginia

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