Cypress Vine vs. Cardinal Climber - Knowledgebase Question

Burlington, IA
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Question by isueinst
June 16, 1998
Burpees is currently selling what is advertised on the packet to be Cypress Vine in their Heirloom collection. I have planted them, and what is coming up appears to be Cardinal Climber. Doesn't Cypress Vine have very fine palm-like leaves, moreso than Cardinal Climber? I believe the latin name for what I am looking for is Ipomoea quamoclit, a member of the sweet potato family.

Answer from NGA
June 16, 1998
Cypress Vine and Cardinal Climber are both common names for Ipomoea quamoclit. The plant twines to 20 feet and the leaves are 2 1/2 - 4 inches, finely divided into slender threads. The flowers are tubes 1 1/2 inch long, flaring at the mouth into a five-pointed star. The seeds you purchased are Ipomoea quamoclit, known in some regions as Cypress Vine and in other regions as Cardinal Climber. Hope this clears up the confusion!

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