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PlantFiles: Japanese Morning Glory
Ipomoea nil 'Sun Smile Red'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: nil (nil) (Info)
Cultivar: Sun Smile Red
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sunsmile Red)

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
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 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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Suseart On Aug 17, 2013, Suseart from Ramona, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is NOT at all like a cameo elegance. This MG does not vine, it is a shrub. Cameo and Minibar rose are vines, like the typical MG. this is a low shrub, and does not spread out at all. And the bloom is bigger than either of the above.

Neutral zville123 On Mar 22, 2006, zville123 from Zanesville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Looks very similar to 'Cameo Elegance,' just to name one of a few.


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

Ramona, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Dundee, Ohio
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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