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Common Morning Glory (ipomoea purpurea)

These Morning Glories are annuals and easily recognizable by the hairy stems. They are the most common species from the group of Morning Glories and shine with one-day flowers, which will wilt in the afternoon of the same day in the sun. Common Morning Glories can tolerate cool weather and dryness, they are robust and universally in many circumstances, on walls, facade pedestals, balconies, pergolas and fences. They have medium-sized flowers and can also be sown directly. The wild species has purple flowers (hence the name see above), but there are white, pink, violet and blue magnificent cultivars available.

(Common Morning Glorylat.: Ipomoea purpurea / Pharbitis purpurea)

Open ipomoea flower


This Morning Glory favors warm, sunny locations, and protection from wind exposure. Any normal garden soil will do, heavy but low in nitrogen fertilization to promote the flowers. The seeds can be sown, but planting pre-grown plants will allow an earlier flowering. This The common Morning Glory is resistant against cold weather and drought and will flower in any condition. It's suitable for bucket culture also. Available as seeds, seed blends or pre-grown potted plants.

Caracteristics and Pruning

An annual and twining climbing plant from Mexico, seen as of 1713 in Europe. It can be sown outdoors from April onwards, or planted as a pre-grown specimen (leave 50 - 60 cm between plants), but only when night temperatures are above 10 degrees Celsius. It will grow to a height of approx. 3 m. The little hairs are directed diagonally downward on the shoot and stems and are an easily identifiable feature. The flowers were originally red, but there are now many varieties ranging from white to dark purple-blue. "Grandpa Ott" and "Star of Yelta" have darker flowers. As with all Morning Glories, the flowers will wither in the first day in the afternoon in the sun, on cloudy days in the evening. Flowering time is from July to October, the seeds are poisonous.

Growing aids on facades

The common morning glory needs thin stakes, nets or ropes to grow and climb. You will find a list of all suitable wire rope systems at the bottom of this page. All designs can be used. The wire-rope trellises of the Medium range offer optimal conditions.

Cable systems?

Click on the image to see wich designs are adapted as a growing aid for mandevillas.

Trellis wall with ipomoea purpurea
Bamboo trellis with morning glories
Morning glory on a hand-forged fence
Morning Glory on the wall
Morning Glory on a cable

Morning Glory in many colors on a facade

Wall Greening with grapevine and morning glories

Mixed greening: grapevine and morning glory

Suitable cable systems for Morning Glories

Please click on the graphics to see a detailed view of each design!

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