Lady Doorly's Morning Glory, Cardinal Creeper

Ipomoea horsfalliae

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


Unknown - Tell us


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

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

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


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


Scio, Oregon

Spring, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 25, 2012, rebbie7 from Tweed Heads Sth NSW Australia
Australia wrote:

I hope someone can tell me if my creeper is dead we had beautiful blooms all last year now the flowers are all gone and the leaves have fallen off so we are left with just sticks what should we do is this normal i cant remember it being like this last winter any info would help thanks


On Dec 23, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown Ipomoea horsfalliae which is grows natively in Puerto Rico, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela and Brazil. It is naturalized in Jamaica and Japan. I have observed it growing in Maui, Hawaii as a cultivated plant. Ipomoea horsfalliae is also known as Prince Kuhio vine and prince's vine being named after Hawaii's Prince Kuhio who grew it on his property in Waikiki. Why a positive rating? Because it is one of the most beautiful vines I have ever seen both foliage-wise and bloom-wise. The 5 to 6 inch long, dark green, glossy, wavy-margined leaves are rounded in outline; however, they are palmate with 5 to 7 lobes. The bloom buds resemble berries and are very attractive. The blooms are 2 to 3 inches in diameter. The bloom color is almost indescribable ... a shockingly bright fu... read more


On Oct 30, 2004, klaude from Cairns
Australia (Zone 11) wrote:

Beautiful Tropical Creeper, flowers prolifically May and October (Cairns Australia) responds well to hard pruning.