Japanese Morning Glory (Ipomoea nil 'Star of India') in the Morning Glories Database

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Posted by Ron_Convolvulaceae (Netcong,NJ 07857) on Oct 9, 2011 4:07 AM

The cultivar known as 'Star of India" was first dubbed Royal Robe by the Morning Glory veterans of the Flower & Herb Exchange many years before Fragrant Path decided to call it Star of India and claim that it 'just appeared' in their garden from the typical Early Call stock.

I've grown Early Call for many years from different distributors and have consulted with the old-time vets from the Flower & Herb Exchange who have also been growing for at least several decades and the consensus is that not a single person ever got anything resembling the Royal Robe out of any Early Call mix from any filial generation.

The Royal Robe was one of the progeny of the dark murky purple that came out of the 1st batches of the "Sunrise Mix" offered by Burpee which was basically a mixture of Sakata's Akatsuki Mix with the addition of some surprise colors and patterns.

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