Ipomoea quamoclit (Cypress Vine)

Scientific Name

Ipomoea quamoclit L.

Common Names

Cypress Vine, Cypressvine Morning Glory, Cardinal Creeper, Cardinal Vine, Star Glory, Hummingbird Vine


Convolvulus pennatifolius, Convolvulus pennatus, Convolvulus quamoclit, Quamoclit pennata, Quamoclit vulgaris, Quamoclit vulgaris var. albiflora

Scientific Classification

Family: Convolvulaceae
Tribe: Ipomoeeae
Genus: Ipomoea


Color: Red, pink or white
Bloom Time: Summer


Ipomoea quamoclit is an annual or perennial twining vine that grows up to 10 feet (3 m) tall. Leaves are up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, deeply lobed, with 9 to 19 lobes on each side of the leaf. Flowers are up to 2 inches (5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, trumpet-shaped with five points and can be red, pink, or white.

Ipomoea quamoclit - Cypress Vine
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USDA hardiness zone 6a to 11b: from −10 °F (−23.3 °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. 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.


Native to tropical regions of the New World and naturalized elsewhere in the tropics.



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