Beach Morning Glory, Railroad Vine, Bayhops, Goat's Foot Creeper
Ipomoea pes-caprae

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: pes-caprae (pes KAP-ray) (Info)

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Deland, Florida

Flagler Beach, Florida

North Port, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Patrick Afb, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Stuart, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Venice, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

Kapaa, Hawaii

Scio, Oregon

Brazoria, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Rockport, Texas

South Padre Island, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 27, 2010, dsa2591 from North Port, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I was given a few small pieces of this vine a few years ago, and planted it under my hedgerow, where it has spread and was beautiful. I am so glad to know that it's hardy enough so that it will come back after the freeze we had. I would miss it terribly. It roots extremely easily! All you have to do is take a long section and cut it up into pieces of three sections each, bury two nodes, and VOILA! more plants!

Positive

On Jun 24, 2008, floridabunnie from Cape Coral, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I purchased this at a native plant sale to cover my chain link fence around my back yard. I am quite pleased at the growth rate and the flowers are quite large and beautiful. I am hoping to propagate this and use as a ground cover as well.

Positive

On Jan 1, 2004, ForrestGump from Melbourne, FL wrote:

Railroad vine grows along the shores of the Banana River in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, FL. The vines seem to extend around 20 feet or more, and the flowers are a beautiful purple. The are a good dune stabilizer out on the beach too.

Neutral

On Aug 30, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This plant is one of the most important components of the beach flora in Brazil, and since beaches are frequented by people everywhere, this plant has its natural habitat vulnerable, restricted or entirely destroyed.

In gardens, this plant may be invasive, since it grows a lot undergrounds, covering the ground fast with its lobate leaves and shouting pink flowers here and there. Its best in the natural habitats, I think.