Height: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m) 20-30 ft. (6-9 m) 30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
Spacing: 15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
Hardiness: Not Applicable
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Seed is poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Blue-Violet
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Herbaceous Shiny/Glossy-Textured
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 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)
On Jul 4, 2009, WayOutMan from Thomasville, NC wrote:
I have enjoyed this plant, but I never planted it. I moved it this new home, and these vines were sprouting everywhere (probably mixed in with the cheap rye grass they applied before I moved in). Last year I pulled all of the sprouts I could see up, and placed them in a tall bucket, and added a little dirt. The darn things grew until they crawled out of the bucket. These creepers even seeded while I forgot about them, so this year I just incorporated them into my landscape, but in pots!
On Sep 20, 2007, Dodsky from Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is a reliable bloomer and vigorous grower in my area (S. Central KY, zone 6b). Reseeds but isn't overly invasive. The flowers are very striking, especially in the morning when fresh. They appear silky and have a beautiful sheen to the surface of the blooms. The rich violet-purple background with the brighter magenta-purple star and white throat are an eye-catching combination. Blooms freely.
On Aug 1, 2006, spklatt from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:
Star of Yelta is holding its own in long planters on my sunny, hot, windy, south-facing apartment balcony; you can almost see it growing, it's so fast, and the blooms are gorgeous. When it reaches the top of the balcony railing it either flops over the side, and blooms nicely there, or keeps climbing up a couple of shepherd's hook planters I've installed at the corners of the balcony. So far it hasn't stopped climbing (Aug. 1).
I used a sowing rate of one package of seeds for every 30-inches of planter length, which results in a good privacy screen. It's growing on plastic netting of 2-cm squares. The germination rate was well over 90%; I started the seeds indoors because I was impatient, but this is almost not necessary, they're so fast. Seeds were purchased from Vesey's, in Prince Edward Island.
The plants are producing a reasonable number of blooms every day given the stressful location, and their colour is stunningly rich. It needs at watering at least daily in this environment, and sometimes twice a day, or else it wilts dramatically - but it is very forgiving and recovers nicely if I've let it go a few hours too long. Some mulch would be of benefit as well. I would definitely grow Star of Yelta again in a future year, for its reliability and beautiful, beautiful blooms.
On Nov 8, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:
The most vigorous, shade tolerant, reseeding, drought tolerant, etcetera, etcetera of any cultivar I have grown. Mine makes quick juice of a fifteen-foot post with chicken wire.
I believe it to be bigger, stronger, more "bug" resistant and a little deeper color than 'Grandpa Ott.'
Has cold-tolerant seeds and these sprout in earlier/cooler weather than other morning glories.
I hereby confide that I have a secret world domination plot: I've scattered several cups of seed from this plant across almost a quarter mile of fence on a new neighborhood. (Don't worry, I've not set free a menace, it is easily controlled in my dry area.)
Wait around until next summer for a picture, and pray that the property owners do not spray!
On Sep 19, 2005, Texasbloomer from Plano, TX wrote:
Truly one of my favorites. The first to bloom and it comes back reseeding itself year after year in the same place! The blooms last for months and the vine is a monster-grower! The deep purple and that pink star are stunning. The blooms fade by late afternoon, but they are up with the sun and provide wonderful color.
On Jan 17, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:
'Star of Yelta' starts blooming earlier than any other morning glory that I've grown, and it continues all summer and into the fall. I start my seeds indoors in peat pots 3 weeks before the last frost date.
On Jul 11, 2004, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
These plants have a breath-taking bloom - you would think they were fake they are so beautiful and I have found them easy to grow in full sun or part shade. In full sun, the vines don't last as long as they will in part shade in my zone.
On Jul 11, 2003, Brinda from Yukon, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:
I have this vine coming up (not flowering yet) and I've only been growing MG's for a few years now, but I thought 'Star of Yelta' was the same as 'Grandpa Ott's'!
Editor's Note Star of Yelta has flowers that are very similar to 'Grandpa Ott's' but - according to some sources, at least - it is taller growing.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Phoenix, Arizona Carmichael, California Clayton, California Laguna West-lakeside, California San Diego, California West Covina, California Black Forest, Colorado Clifton, Colorado Pike Creek, Delaware Spring Hill, Florida Cornelia, Georgia Dasher, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Boise, Idaho Chicago, Illinois Itasca, Illinois Overland Park, Kansas Smiths Grove, Kentucky Covington, Louisiana Cornville, Maine Highland Beach, Maryland Patuxent River, Maryland St Cloud, Minnesota Amory, Mississippi Waynesboro, Mississippi Roswell, New Mexico Marcellus, New York Thomasville, North Carolina Fairport Harbor, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma Bangor, Pennsylvania Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania Olyphant, Pennsylvania Melville, Rhode Island Lafayette, Tennessee Houston, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Plano, Texas Fancy Gap, Virginia Manassas, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Kalama, Washington Lakewood, Washington Parkersburg, West Virginia