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Ivy-leaf Morning Glory Ipomoea hederacea


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Ivy-leaf Morning Glory
credit: Richard/CCSA

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Family: Convolvulaceae, Morning Glory view all from this family

Description This blue-flowering vine has stems, leaves, and stalks bearing small, erect hairs.
Habit: introduced annual vine or herb; usually twining, sometimes creeping; taprooted.
Height: stems to 10 ft (3.3 m) long.
Leaf: alternate, heart-shaped or palmately divided into 3-5 pointed lobes, long-stalked. perpendicular to leaf surface, 2-5 in (5-12.5 cm) long and wide.
Flower: sky blue to deep purple to white, funnel shaped, 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) long, to 2 in (5 cm) wide, densely hairy at base.
Fruit: round capsule, brown, to 0.5 in (12 mm) diameter.

Flower July to November.

Habitat Cultivated fields, gardens, abandoned fields, waste areas, disturbed sites, railways, roadsides. ditches.

Range Native to South America; introduced as an ornamental; escaped and naturalized in much of North America, from Maine south to Florida, west to Arizona and California, northeast to Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota and Ontario; not reported in Vermont or Rhode Island.

Discussion Also called morning glory, Mexican morning glory, entire leaf morning glory, woolly morning glory. Considered weedy or invasive in many areas; prohibited as noxious in Arizona and Arkansas. It may be difficult to distinguish this plant from Ipomoea purpurea.