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Common morning glory is a well-loved annual vine that produces an abundance of colorful flowers from mid-summer into autumn. Numerous cultivars are available as seeds.

  • Family (English) Morning glory
  • Family (botanic) Convolvulaceae
  • Tree or plant type Vine
  • Native locale Non-native
  • Size range Large plant (more than 24 inches)
  • Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Soil preference Moist, well-drained soil
  • Season of interest early fall, late summer, midsummer
  • Flower color and fragrance Blue, Purple, Red, White
  • Shape or form Vining
  • Growth rate Fast

Size and Method of Climbing: 

This vine can climb to 10 feet high.  It is a twining vine.  Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.

Native geographic location and habitat: 

Common morning glory is native to Mexico.

Leaf description: 

The alternate leaves are heart-shaped.

Flower description: 

Trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of blue, purple, red and white.

Fruit description:

The fruit are dried capsules, not ornamentally important.

Plant care:

Full sun and moist, well-drained soils. Easy to grow from seed. Seeds should be scarified (nicked slightly) and then soaked overnight before planting. Start seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost. Transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.

List of pests, diseases, and tolerances:

No common serious problems.


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