Ipomoea carnea Jacq.
Bush Morning Glory, Morning Glory Tree, Pink Morning Glory
Ipomoea carnea subsp. carnea, Batatas pareirifolia
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Ipomoea carnea is a flowering plant with rich green, heart-shaped, up to 9 inches (23 cm) long leaves. Flowers are pink, up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, and appear in clusters all spring and summer long.
USDA hardiness zone 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
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. Humans use Ipomoea for their content of medical and psychoactive compounds, mainly alkaloids. Some species are renowned for their properties in folk medicine and herbalism.
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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