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.
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.
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 Glasgow, Delaware Dunnellon, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Sebastian, Florida Cornelia, Georgia Hannahs Mill, 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-lenola, New Jersey Bethlehem, North Carolina Dundee, Ohio Scio, Oregon Spartanburg, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina De Leon, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Plano, Texas Aquia Harbour, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Kalama, Washington