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Common Morning Glory (ipomoea purpurea)

These morning glories are long-blooming annuals and easily identified by their hairy stems. They are the most common species from the group of morning glories... they charm with their one-day flowers, which fade quickly in the afternoon of the same day (quickly in the sun). Common morning glories can tolerate cool weather and dryness, are robust and very versatile-- use them on walls, facade bases, balconies, pergolas, and fences, etc.. They have medium-sized flowers and can also be sown directly. The wild species has purple flowers (hence the scientific name Ipomoea 'purpurea'), but white, pink, violet, and blue shades are also available.

(Common Morning Glory, lat.: Ipomoea purpurea / Pharbitis purpurea)

Open ipomoea flower
Open ipomoea flower


This morning glory favors warm, sunny locations and protection from wind exposure. Any normal garden soil will do; use a nitrogen fertiliser to promote flower development. The seeds can be sown, but planting pre-cultivated plants will allow for an earlier flowering. This common morning glory is resistant to cold weather and drought and will flower in any condition. It is also suitable for 'container culture' (being planted in pots). Available as seeds, seed blends, or pre-cultivated as potted plants.

Characteristics and Pruning

A long-blooming annual and twining climbing plant from Mexico, documented as of 1713 in Europe. It can be sown outdoors from April onwards, or planted as a pre-cultivated plant (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 bloom in the morning and wither in the afternoon sun of the same day (on cloudy days, in the evening). Flowering time is from July to October; the seeds are poisonous.

Climbing/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 / systems 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 climbing aid for morning glories.

Trellis wall with ipomoea purpurea
Bamboo trellis with morning glory
Morning glory on a wrought-iron fence
Morning glory on a wall
Morning glory on a cable

Morning glory in many colours on a facade

Wall greening with grapevine and morning glory

Mixed greening: grapevine and morning glory

Suitable Cable Systems for Morning Glory

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

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