Ipomoea Species, 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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Scio, Oregon

Spring, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 2, 2017, Kid_possum from Brisbane,
Australia wrote:

I live in Brisbane, Australia and have owned one of these plants for 5 or 6 years. It's planted in my garden and grows up our telephone pole - right to the top and often twists along the lines themselves. It gets very little attention. I watered it regularly when it was first getting established, now it's only every couple of months when I remember. Contrary to what I've read about this plant, mine grows very vigorously. It's in a semi sunny position and I cut it back hard at this time of the year. (Maybe by two thirds) I have tried to propergate it, with limited success. Hardwood cuttings seems to work the best.


On Aug 28, 2017, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A very beautiful climber.

It has a reputation for being hard to propagate. Plants in cultivation rarely produce seed. Cuttings are said to root with difficulty. It's said that the easiest method is layering.

It's cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. It was described from cultivated specimens, after it was distributed widely, and its origin isn't known with certainty, though it's generally thought to be in the West Indies.


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.