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PlantFiles: Morning Glory, Grannyvine
Ipomoea tricolor 'Pearly Gates'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: tricolor (TRY-kull-lur) (Info)
Cultivar: Pearly Gates

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive themikeman On Oct 30, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

These came in a mixed pack of three kinds of grannyvine variety morning glories which contained 'heavenly blue', pale blue 'flying saucer', and this variety, 'pearly gates'. Before i knew what these were called when i had them in mixed morning glory packs before, i had always refered to them as 'heavenly white' since i knew the blue ones were called heavenly blue..they truely are heavenly and much prettier then the wild white smaller morning glories with the little red centers..these are truely and completely pearly white and seem to glow in the early afternoon summer sunlight..mike

Positive DMgardener On Sep 24, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very pure white color, dense foliage and blooms later than others. The flowers are large and have a yellow center. Very nice with Ipomoea alba!

Positive ipomoeadude On May 21, 2007, ipomoeadude from Accokeek, MD wrote:

Pearly Gates is one of several sports of Heavenly Blue, and its appearance (except for color) and growth habit is similar. The flowers are large, approx. 4 inches in diameter, snow-white with cream-colored throats. I have grown them alone, with other i. tricolor cultivars, and one year with Moonflowers (i. alba) for a shimmering white display each morning and evening. Highly recommended.

Positive Anitabryk2 On Jul 19, 2006, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant wintersowed very nicely with nice long roots. I used a deeper container, so the soil was a bit more than my usual 4"

Positive MusaRojo On Jul 6, 2006, MusaRojo wrote:

This was a beautiful surprise that originated from a “Flying Saucers” seed packet from a major seed company. The plant was vigorous and bloomed very well for me. It went well with the flowers and plants that were planned for that period of time.

This packet contained both black and light brown seeds. I chose to grow plants using the black seeds, because the brown seeds reminded me of an I. tricolor cultivar I had grown in the past and I wanted to try something different. The black seeds also produced a Flying Saucers vine. I wonder how many different cultivars this mislabeled grab bag actually contained. I expect to get what I planed for in my garden and do not want to have plants that don’t look good together or have an unwanted invasive species like bindweed introduced because the wrong seed was sold. What ever happened to quality control!

Positive rh3708 On Oct 17, 2004, rh3708 from Westmoreland, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

this vine has grown up in to one of my Burning bushes and gone to the top of it.
It hasn't needed much along the line of care of any kind.
I planted it and just left it alone and it has done wonderfully.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Toney, Alabama
Elk Grove, California
San Juan Capistrano, California
North Port, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
New Baltimore, Michigan
Ronkonkoma, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Bangor, Pennsylvania
Lafayette, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Plano, Texas
Shepherd, Texas

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