Morning Glory, Grannyvine 'Pearly Gates'

Ipomoea tricolor

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: tricolor (TRY-kull-lur) (Info)
Cultivar: Pearly Gates



Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gaylesville, Alabama

Toney, Alabama

Elk Grove, California

San Juan Capistrano, California

North Port, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Derby, Kansas

New Baltimore, Michigan

Madison, Mississippi

Ronkonkoma, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Bangor, Pennsylvania

Lafayette, Tennessee

Brazoria, Texas

Plano, Texas

Shepherd, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 30, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

These came in a mixed pack of three kinds of grannyvine variety morning glories which contained 'heavenly blue', pale blue 'flying saucer', and this variety, 'pearly gates'. Before i knew what these were called when i had them in mixed morning glory packs before, i had always refered to them as 'heavenly white' since i knew the blue ones were called heavenly blue..they truely are heavenly and much prettier then the wild white smaller morning glories with the little red centers..these are truely and completely pearly white and seem to glow in the early afternoon summer sunlight..mike


On Sep 24, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very pure white color, dense foliage and blooms later than others. The flowers are large and have a yellow center. Very nice with Ipomoea alba!


On May 21, 2007, ipomoeadude from Accokeek, MD wrote:

Pearly Gates is one of several sports of Heavenly Blue, and its appearance (except for color) and growth habit is similar. The flowers are large, approx. 4 inches in diameter, snow-white with cream-colored throats. I have grown them alone, with other i. tricolor cultivars, and one year with Moonflowers (i. alba) for a shimmering white display each morning and evening. Highly recommended.


On Jul 19, 2006, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant wintersowed very nicely with nice long roots. I used a deeper container, so the soil was a bit more than my usual 4"


On Jul 6, 2006, MusaRojo wrote:

This was a beautiful surprise that originated from a “Flying Saucers” seed packet from a major seed company. The plant was vigorous and bloomed very well for me. It went well with the flowers and plants that were planned for that period of time.

This packet contained both black and light brown seeds. I chose to grow plants using the black seeds, because the brown seeds reminded me of an I. tricolor cultivar I had grown in the past and I wanted to try something different. The black seeds also produced a Flying Saucers vine. I wonder how many different cultivars this mislabeled grab bag actually contained. I expect to get what I planed for in my garden and do not want to have plants that don’t look good together or have an unwanted invasive species like bindwee... read more


On Oct 17, 2004, rh3708 from Westmoreland, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

this vine has grown up in to one of my Burning bushes and gone to the top of it.
It hasn't needed much along the line of care of any kind.
I planted it and just left it alone and it has done wonderfully.