Three lobe Morning Glory, Little Bell Morning Glory

Ipomoea triloba

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: triloba (try-LO-buh) (Info)


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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Light Blue


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Summer/Early Fall


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Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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 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


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


Montgomery, Alabama

Wetumpka, Alabama

Clearwater, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Fair Play, South Carolina

Harlingen, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 27, 2012, VineWorld from Syracuse, UT (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very satisfied with this little vine, it grows vigorously and quickly. Its small structure and size allow it to be put where you might not have a lot of space yet still want something to look nice. The only downside I have had is that, if in direct sunlight, they close up quite quick!


On Mar 24, 2011, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is listed on the USDA website as invasive or noxious. Florida State-listed Invasive and Noxious Weeds:

Ipomoea triloba L. ~ Little Bell, Aiea Morning Glory (NW ~ Noxious weed)


On Oct 1, 2007, Moofiepoo from Orlando, FL wrote:

I have this plant growing on my fence. It is easy to contain and dies back every winter. It reseeds itself each year. I clean up any in unwanted areas as they sprout and am done with it. The flowers are tiny...thumbnail size. They are in clusters from 2 to 6 at a time. I love the purple on purple color. The butterflies like them and so do the bees and some birds. This plant is often passed up for the size of the flowers. I however find it very charming and unassuming.

Orlando, Florida