Ipomoea bolusiana

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Scientific Name

Ipomoea bolusiana Schinz

Synonyms

Ipomoea angustisecta, Ipomoea mesenterioides, Ipomoea praetermissa, Ipomoea rubro-viridis, Ipomoea simplex

Scientific Classification

Family: Convolvulaceae
Tribe: Ipomoeeae
Genus: Ipomoea

Flower

Color: Mauve or magenta-pink
Bloom Time: Late spring to early fall

Description

Ipomoea bolusiana is a perennial dwarf shrub, growing form a thick tuberous rootstock, up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. One or several stems, erect or prostrate, hairless, slender, woody at the base. The green leaves are narrow, widely spaced, up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long. Flowers are funnel-shaped, borne near base of the stem, mauve or magenta-pink in color, darker in the centers and up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long.

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How to Grow and Care

Most species have spectacular, colorful flowers and are often grown as ornamentals, and a number of cultivars have been developed. In the garden, Ipomoeas need moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Provide shelter from 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

Origin

Native to Madagascar and South Africa.

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