These quick-growing, heirloom morning glories climb and ramble, decorating with their pretty heart-shaped leaves and blossoms along the way. Flowers open to greet the day and stay open until mid-day or all day if it is cloudy. Each day a new set of blossoms form, which gives them an ever-changing allure and reminds us to enjoy the moment. Grown as an annual, although perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer. Deer resistant. Caution: Most parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.
• Botanical Name: Ipomoea purpurea
• Family: Convolvulaceae
• Native: Neotropics
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer; usually grown as an annual.
• Plant Dimensions: 9'–10' vines
• Variety Information: 1"–2" wide flowers in assorted colors; may include white, light lavender-blue, rose, pink, and violet.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date. Plants started too early outside will end up less vigorous than plants started when warmer.
• When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. Sow into a biodegradable pot that can be directly planted in the ground to avoid disturbing roots.
• Days to Emerge: 5–15 Days
• Seed Depth: ½"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6"–12"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 6"–12"
• Special Care: Seeds with hard coats, like morning glories, can benefit from scarification, a means of breaking through the hard outer covering to allow moisture to penetrate. There are a few ways to accomplish this: either nick the seeds with sandpaper or an nail clipper, or soak them in water for 12 to 24 hours prior to sowing.