Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Ipomoea purpurea - Tall Morning Glory
Tall morning glory is an apt common name for this species as it is an especially vigorous grower. The plants in my new backyard have spread into the upper canopy of all my neighbor's trees and across the vacant lot behind me on the ground. The first time that I mowed my new yard, I beheaded countless stems that had been rambling across it. Since that time, I have confined mostly to one fence and it provides about the only nectar/pollen in my landscape right now. It's value to that effect is shown in the top photo of a Southeastern blueberry bee.
Tall morning glory has beautiful sky blue flowers that are produced year round unless there is a hard freeze. It is extremely easy to grow and not especially fussy about growing conditions. It's heart-shaped leaves also are attractive , though the target of various small insect pests.
If you contemplate adding a morning glory to your fence, there are perhaps better, native, species that would be better choices.