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PlantFiles: Tall Morning Glory
Ipomoea purpurea 'President Tyler'

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: President Tyler

Synonym:Convolvulus purpureus
Synonym:Ipomoea hirsutula
Synonym:Pharbitis purpurea

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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)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive flowers4birds On Apr 2, 2013, flowers4birds from Chilton, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

We live on an old farm in Northeast Wisconsin that dates from about 1860. Many heirloom plants have appeared in our gardens from long-dormant seeds over the last 35 years. This morning glory was a volunteer in a flower bed near the house and has self-seeded ever since. I think it is "President Tyler" from searching the Internet for matching photos. Ever since a stray seedling sprouted in the pot of houseplant that was summered out of doors, I have had specimens of "President Tyler" blooming in a window all winter. It blooms in only a month from seed at a foot tall. It doesn't even need a south window. This winter one bloomed in a west window without supplementary light, and last year in an east window. All it needs is a string to climb and it's happy. The plant is a bit dwarfed when grown in an indoor pot, making it easy to confine to a smaller space than it would need outside. Believe me when I say that those bright little flowers can add a lot of cheer to a long Wisconsin winter. I would like to know about the history and origin of this heirloom plant. The people who settled this farm were from Prussia and nearly all the the early settlers in the area came from Germany. I have always wondered if they brought some of our heirloom flowers with them.

Positive dalmatian_fan87 On Jan 15, 2009, dalmatian_fan87 from Cascade, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

a nice morning glory to grow, it looks well when combined with other morning glories with pink, white or blue blooms, or at least i think so.

Neutral Terry On Nov 17, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

According to some sources, 'President Tyler' is so named because seed of this variety was exchanged between an Indiana farmer and President John Tyler (no one knows for sure who gave seed to whom). Both 'Star of Yelta' and 'Grandpa Ott's are similar-looking to 'President Tyler'.

Positive suncatcheracres On Nov 15, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

This flower looks exactly like the morning glory cultivar 'Star of Yalta' that I grew this summer--it was spelled 'Yelta' on the seed package.


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

El Sobrante, California
Elk Grove, California
Moreno Valley, California
Zephyrhills, Florida
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Portland, Maine
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rochester, New York
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Lafayette, Tennessee
Brazoria, Texas
Plano, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Chilton, Wisconsin

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