Common Morning Glory, Ipomoea purpurea
Convolvulaceae or Morning Glory Family


Twining, trailing vine, wrapping around other plants. Stems, flowerstalks, leafstalks, and sepals hairy. Leaves heart-shaped. Flowers large, showy to 3 inches, usually deep purple, but white, red, blue and variegated are also known. Flowers open in morning and wilt by afternoon. Fruits smal,l round capsules. Blooms thoughout the summer.

Alien exotic, native to Central America and escaped from cultivation. Not common in Wildwood, but sometimes seen in the Great South Meadow. Often very common in yards and roadsides outside the Park..

This familiar plant is readily recognized. There are several other morning glories in Wildwood. Wild potato vine (I. pandurata) flowers are white, but have pink or purple inside. Small white morning glory (I. lacunosa) has smaller flowers. Ivy-leaved morning glory (I. hederacea) has blue flowers and very different leaves. Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) and upright bindweed (C. spithamaea) have white to pink flowers, but the leaves are more triangular than heart shaped..