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Not All Morning Glories Are Thugs; Some Are Very Friendly!

By luvsgrtdanes
September 4, 2016

Many gardeners hate morning glories, thinking they are invasive and can take over the garden, especially purpureas. They can be troublesome if not controlled, but it's easy to keep them from getting out of control.

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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Sep 4, 2016 9:58 AM CST
Thanks for a wonderful article. I love morning glories and have been collecting several different varieties over the years. I think many people are turned against them because some do tend to reseed, but as you pointed out, the annual morning glories are very easily removed even as large seedlings. It's the perennial members of the family (bindweed) that are the problem. In fact, one elderly woman I know is convinced that bindweed comes from annual morning glories. She warned me that planting morning glories would "lead to" bindweed...apparently there's a long-standing myth out there that they "evolve" into bindweed...which is patently untrue.
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Sep 4, 2016 11:53 AM CST
I couldn't agree more Annie, so many myths and misinformation about them.
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woofie
Sep 5, 2016 11:33 AM CST
I get that same nonsense from my neighbors. Can't get it through their heads that morning glories and bindweed are different plants. Sighing!
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Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
Sep 6, 2016 11:08 AM CST
My son wants to grow morning glories, but I haven't let him because I was taught this myth that the bindweed were morning glories that reverted back to being wild. Thank you, for this new information. I will try some next year. What lovely varieties, my favorite is that top picture with the variegated blue.
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Sep 6, 2016 11:31 AM CST
In addition to blue, I've got pale rose pink, a very deep magenta color, and a stunning royal purple! I have seeds to share if anyone would like a few for next year.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Sep 6, 2016 12:46 PM CST
I always have extra seeds too!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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