Ipomoea Species, Morning Glory, Beach Morning Glory, Railroad Vine, Bayhops, Goat's Foot Creeper

Ipomoea pes-caprae

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: pes-caprae (pes KAP-ray) (Info)
Synonym:Convolvulus brasiliensis
Synonym:Convolvulus pes-caprae
Synonym:Ipomoea biloba
Synonym:Ipomoea brasiliensis
Synonym:Ipomoea maritima


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Deland, Florida

Flagler Beach, Florida

North Port, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Patrick Afb, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Stuart, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Venice, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

Kapaa, Hawaii

West Wareham, Massachusetts

Scio, Oregon

Brazoria, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Rockport, Texas

South Padre Island, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 26, 2017, Trainmaster16 from West Wareham, MA wrote:

I live in MA on the coastline. We are zone 6...I found a pale violet morning glory vine with three blooms (late June 2017) today in the dunes of my fav local beach. I didn't see these listed for growing in zone 6 so I am surprised. I took two cuttings home and will try to root
one in water and will plant the other in a small pot. Stay tuned with update on if I am successful!


On Mar 27, 2010, dsa2591 from Gainesville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was given a few small pieces of this vine a few years ago, and planted it under my hedgerow, where it has spread and was beautiful. I am so glad to know that it's hardy enough so that it will come back after the freeze we had. I would miss it terribly. It roots extremely easily! All you have to do is take a long section and cut it up into pieces of three sections each, bury two nodes, and VOILA! more plants!


On Jun 24, 2008, floridabunnie from Cape Coral, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I purchased this at a native plant sale to cover my chain link fence around my back yard. I am quite pleased at the growth rate and the flowers are quite large and beautiful. I am hoping to propagate this and use as a ground cover as well.


On Jan 1, 2004, ForrestGump from Melbourne, FL wrote:

Railroad vine grows along the shores of the Banana River in Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, FL. The vines seem to extend around 20 feet or more, and the flowers are a beautiful purple. The are a good dune stabilizer out on the beach too.


On Aug 30, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This plant is one of the most important components of the beach flora in Brazil, and since beaches are frequented by people everywhere, this plant has its natural habitat vulnerable, restricted or entirely destroyed.

In gardens, this plant may be invasive, since it grows a lot undergrounds, covering the ground fast with its lobate leaves and shouting pink flowers here and there. Its best in the natural habitats, I think.