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Ipomoea calantha

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

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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 herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral RON_CONVOLVULACEAE On Jul 26, 2005, RON_CONVOLVULACEAE from Netcong, NJ (Zone 5b) wrote:

Ipomoea calantha is described in the literature as having a lilac to dark mulberry colored corolla and has seedpods that are contradistinction to the seedpods of Ipomoea alba and Ipomoea turbinata which all have by comparison,seedpods that are noticeably reflexed...

Positive 1gardengram On Jul 20, 2005, 1gardengram from Fayetteville, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted seeds in flats in March and moved outside end of April. I have three in large containers on trellises and keep winding them around. The others are on shepherds' hooks in the garden mixed with Cypress Vines to provide flowers for the hummers in the daytime and flowers/fragrance for the people at night. The luminous flowers are 6" or more across with a trumpet about 5 to 6" deep. The fragrance is subtle and gentle. The flowers last only one night, but the vines are consistently putting out more buds. A truly remarkable vine that I want to have every year from now on. They require daily watering in the containers in the heat.


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

Waverly, Alabama
Waleska, Georgia
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Conway, South Carolina

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