Ipomoea, Tall Morning Glory 'Sunrise Serenade'

Ipomoea purpurea

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunrise Serenade



Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:



12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are 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:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Scarify seed before sowing

By simple layering

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Elk Grove, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dunnellon, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Norcross, Georgia

Vevay, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Dunmor, Kentucky

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brandon, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Helena, Montana

Brick, New Jersey

Moorestown, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Dundee, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Scio, Oregon


Summerville, South Carolina

Lafayette, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Houston, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Franklin, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 19, 2016, Grizz from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

After 15 years of growing Heavenly Blue MG's along a 25 foot long cyclone fence line, we decided to try the Sunrise Serenade.
We're in zone 3-4 and started them indoors, transplanting them in mid May outdoors. We carefully and thoroughly culled out all the Heavenly Blue's (a daily task). The soil Ph is neutral but did add some P and K (slow release. The SS plants have flourished, now exceeding 8 feet in height but not a single bloom. When can we expect some blooms?
Any enlightenment would be greatly appreciated.


On Sep 12, 2015, robertoh from Brossard,
Canada wrote:

I planted the seeds in a container then transferred all the
plants close to my back fence. The leaves are blue green, a little fuzzy and some are 5 to 6 inches across in a heart
shape. One of the most beautiful double flowers I have ever seen and the foliage is wonderful.


On Aug 12, 2008, SlImCoGnItO from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Doesn't seem to grow as quickly as other MG's, but beautiful blossoms all the same.It's probably because I have mine in a hanging container. It does extremely well where I have it; it receives full sun in a south facing location. Though, it seems to require more water than I expect it to.

If you don't give it anything to climb up, it wraps around itself and mounds very nicely, making it very full.

Soemtimes I even get single blooms, though I haven't noticed any pattern as to why yet. The single blooms are just as pretty as the doubles, in my opinion.


On Aug 13, 2007, ByndeweedBeth from scio, oregon, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Note: The first few blooms on this plant usually are "singles" rather than the shredded type you begin to see later. This has prompted a few growers to think they got the wrong plant. Patience!!!! The blooms will become more and more shredded as the plant matures.


On Nov 3, 2006, Redkarnelian from Newmarket, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Vigorous growing, double morning glory blooms that are 1-3 inches, slightly wavy, cherry red with white bases.


On Oct 30, 2005, Seedsower from Franklin, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew this one at my daughters house and enjoyed its whimsical appearance. It was the first morning glory to bloom in my zone 5 and bloomed continously all summer long. Produced a very good amount of seed too.


On Sep 19, 2005, Kell from (Zone 9b) wrote:

For me, this is a deep pink color. It climbed up a 6 foot trellis in about a week. It also sent out lots of runners all over the area that it is in. Free flowering.


On Aug 18, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one of the truer "reds" it blooms all day long - clear into evening in full sun! It is extra "ruffely" or "frilly". It needs tied up, does not climb well on it's own. Would make a lovely specimen for a potted or hanging basket.