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Ipomoea hederacea

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: hederacea (hed-er-AYE-see-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Pharbitis hederacea
Synonym:Ipomoea desertorum

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium 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

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral EmmaGrace On Feb 13, 2011, EmmaGrace from Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The seeds in this photo
are neither Ipomoea hederacea nor Ipomoea lindheimeri
but are a perfect ringer for Ipomoea lacunose

Positive ogrejelly On Nov 24, 2007, ogrejelly from Gilbert, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

We live in the low desert of Arizona and 'found' this beauty thriving off of our AC drip drain. With the AC on all summer long (plenty of water) it did well but we found it never creeps into the sun. It comes back each year and this year somewhat exploded and dropped tons of seed. The flowers and plant are very delicate and once cut or disturbed; shrivel away to nothing before your eyes. Because we often have to fight to keep anything 'leafy' alive in this area this was as big surprise for us particularly because we did not plant it and we built the house on old farm land so I have no idea how it seeded. We love it and the more we ignore it the better it seems to do. Just be careful what you leave laying around nearby however as this plant will wrap itself around anything like a constrictor.

Positive kizilod On Jul 27, 2007, kizilod from Uxbridge, MA wrote:

I am growing this plant on a trellis in a container. I recently moved the container to a new location that has morning shade. I was pleased to discover that the flowers lasted hours longer than when they were in morning sun. Since this plant can be invasive, I've made a point of deadheading it every day so no seeds can develop.

Positive bluespiral On Dec 11, 2006, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Ipomoea hederacea was a local escapee from mill workers' gardens (along with Kenilworth Ivy and Perilla) that self-sowed every year like a weed before gentrification came to our mill town with its routine herbiciding of road verges. A neighbor collected seed from the chain link fence around our mill and planted it in his garden, from where it hopped to ours and has been happily popping up every summer through a hedge.

I love this flower for its survival in a community where planting "for pretty" was done in spite of long, back-breaking hours at the mill and for its delicate wildness.


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

Robertsdale, Alabama
Gilbert, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Sun City, California
Temecula, California
Newark, Delaware
Dunnellon, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Cornelia, Georgia
Thomaston, Georgia
Farmersburg, Indiana
Derby, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Ellicott City, Maryland
Prince Frederick, Maryland
Smithville, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Protem, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Moorestown, New Jersey
Reidsville, North Carolina
Dundee, Ohio
Scio, Oregon
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
De Leon, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Plano, Texas
Newport News, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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