Morning glory (Ipomea violacea)

The Ipomea violacea is a perennial climbing plant that is widely used to cover walls, walls or even lattices. Its growth rate is very fast; In fact, near where I live they have one that they have to give it a -almost-drastic pruning once a year since otherwise it would get out of control.

Therefore, if you are in a hurry to cover walls or even the structure of a well, I recommend that you do not stop reading what I am going to tell you about this species.

Origin and characteristics

Ipomea violacea, whose real scientific name is Ipomoea violacea, is a perennial climbing herb known as morning glory. It reaches a height of up to 4 meters, with thin, fickle and branchy stems at the top, and semi-woody at the base. The leaves are oval or heart-shaped, and are 7 to 16cm long.

The flowers are large, 4 to 6cm wide, they resemble snowdrops and can be of different colors: white, blue, or purple. The fruit is a capsule with four oval black seeds.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a copy, you can take care of it in the following way:

  • Location: grows in full sun, but tolerates some shade.
  • Land:
    • Pot: black peat with perlite and worm castings in equal parts.
    • Garden: grows in all types of soils, even those that are low in nutrients.
  • Watering: 4-5 times a week in summer, and every 2-3 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer with ecological fertilizers once a month, although it is not very necessary.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring. Direct sowing in seedbed.
  • Pruning: late winter.
  • Rusticity: it resists well the cold and the frosts of up to -4ºC.

Image – Flickr/ Dinesh Valke

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