Coastal morningglory
Ipomoea violacea

Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Grown by enthusiasts.
Twining, high climbing herbaceous vine.
N/A; a twining vine with stems 15 feet or more in length.
Growth Rate:
Monroe and Miami-Dade counties north along the west coast to Hillsborough and Pinellas counties; Texas, West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World tropics.
Coastal hammock edges and thickets.
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without significant injury.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
White in South Florida.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy, but open mostly at night.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Inconspicuous capsule. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed or cuttings.
A highly variable species widely cultivated outside of South Florida; local sources should be used. Can become aggressive and dificult to control in the garden; caution is urged.

Keith A. Bradley
Keith Buttry. In habitat at Red Reef Park.