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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)

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

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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

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dsa2591 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 floridabunnie 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 ForrestGump 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 Monocromatico 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.


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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