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Ipomoea horsfalliae

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral rebbie7 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

Positive htop 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 fuscia. I wish it was hardy in my zone. It will form a tuber with age from which suckers emerge so it might be difficult to dig up if one would need to do so. Difficult to propagate because it sets seeds irregularly in cultivation, it can be propagated by cuttings of shoots; however, cuttings do not root easily. As are other Ipomoeas grown as perennials, it also can be propagated from division of the roots, by layering and by grafting onto the roots of its own kind or other species. Grafting is frequently used to propagate this plant. Unlike most members of its genus, Ipomoea horsfalliae is a slow grower and may take 2 to 3 years to reach 8 to 10 feet. Because it blooms in the winter, it is seldom grown in areas that are not frost free.

Positive klaude 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.


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

Scio, Oregon
Spring, Texas

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