Ipomoea bolusiana Schinz
Ipomoea angustisecta, Ipomoea mesenterioides, Ipomoea praetermissa, Ipomoea rubro-viridis, Ipomoea simplex
Color: Mauve or magenta-pink
Bloom Time: Late spring to early fall
Ipomoea bolusiana is a perennial dwarf shrub with one or several stems that grow from a thick tuberous rootstock up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The stems are erect or prostrate, hairless, slender, and woody at the base. Leaves are green, narrow, widely spaced, and up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long. Flowers are mauve or magenta-pink, darker in the centers, funnel-shaped, up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long, and borne near the base of the stem.
How to Grow and Care
Most species have spectacular, colorful flowers and are often grown as ornamentals, and many cultivars have been developed. In the garden, Ipomoeas need moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Provide shelter from the wind. Prune climbing species in spring. Under glass, provide full light with protection from the hottest sun. Water freely and fertilize monthly during the growing season, but water sparingly in winter. Climbers and trailing species need support. Chip seeds with a knife, scrape with sandpaper, or soak in water for 24 hours before sowing at 64° F (18° C) in spring.
Root softwood cuttings of perennials or shrubs in spring or summer, or take semi-ripe cuttings in summer. White blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot, and wilt can occur.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Ipomoea.
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