General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6-12 feet, twining climber.
Plant Spread: 6-12 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Nocturnal
Other: Blooms open in the evening and last until mid morning of the next day.
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: chip, click, or soak
Needs specific temperature: 70 to 85°
Days to germinate: 7 to 30
Depth to plant seed: 1/2 inch, or just lightly cover with soil.
Sow in situ
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of Moonflower (Ipomoea alba).

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Common names
  • Moonflower
  • Moon Vine
  • Evening Glory
  • Morning Glory
  • Belle-de-Nuit
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Ipomoea alba
  • Synonym: Calonyction aculeatum
  • Synonym: Ipomoea bona-nox
  • Synonym: Operculina grandiflora

Photo Gallery

Date: summer 2006
Hummingbird Moth 'getting into it'
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2019-09-09

Date: August 2018
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2019-09-09

Date: 2011-08-27
Wonderful flower for a moon garden of course!
Location: Broken Arrow, OK
Date: 2017-09-21
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-12
Moonflower
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-09-11
1st bloom of the season

Date: August 2018
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: 8-28-2003
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-03-31
Location: La Crescenta, CA
Date: 2018-10-28
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2019-10-12
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2019-09-21
Entwined in lily stalks
Uploaded by Jai_Ganesha
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-30
Moonflower
Location: Summeville, SC
Night shot using 40% Flash F8/30 on tripod
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2019-08-31
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2019-08-25
In my garden
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2019-09-04
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-12
Moonflower

Date: 2023-04-01
Germinating seed
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-12
Moonflower bud
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-30
Location: Mum and Dad's house, Brockton, MA
Mum's Moonflower

Date: July 2018
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-04-20

Date: 2011-10-17
Blooms look like White Satin

Date: 2011-10-17
Extremely Fragrant
Location: Tarlton, OH
Date: 2017-08-24
This one opened in the morning and closed in the evening.

Date: 2011-08-27
Almost looks like and ice cream swirl!
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-08-24
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-09-03
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 011
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2019-10-12
Location: my garden
Date: 2007-09-19
Ipomoea alba on roof of arbor, beneath trees
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-12
Moonflower

Date: 2011-10-17
Backside of Bloom is almost as pretty as the Front
Location: My garden in northeast Texas
Date: 2012-09-12
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Date: August
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-30
Moonflower
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 003
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2021-02-27
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-24
Moonflower
Location: My garden
Date: 2021-09-24

Date: 2019-09-22
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2015-09-29
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-09-11
First bloom of the season

Date: 2017-09-26
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)
Date: October

Date: 2011-10-17
Backside of Bloom is almost as pretty as the Front
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-03-12
3 week old seedling
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-12
Moonflower
Location: Fountain, Florida
Location: Broken Arrow, OK
Date: 2017-09-19
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-24-07
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Date: mid-September
Uploaded by JulieB
Location: Tarlton, OH
Date: 2017-09-11
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-31
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-31 
Blooms began to pop open after an evening rain storm
Location: NC zone 7 
Date: early spring 
newly germinated seeds...sown inside under lights
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 010
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2019-10-12
Location: Newmanstown, PA
Date: 2018-08-03
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-08
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-09-13
Uploaded by QueenDreama
Location: Virginia
Date: 2011
Location: Virginia
Date: 2011
Location: My garden
Location: My Greenwood, MN garden
Date: 2016-09-04
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2019-10-12
Location: Elberfeld, Indiana
Date: 2019-10-12

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Greenwood, MN
Date: 2015-10-04
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)
Date: September
Location: Oceanside, California 
Date: 2019-08-02
In my garden
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-09
Moonflower bud
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-03-18
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2015-12-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 9-18-09
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2015-10-13
Wish you could smell the fragrance!
Uploaded by QueenDreama
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Summer 2010
Late evening blooms
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2015-09-11
Moonflowers are so lovely and I can't wait for this bud to bloom!
Location: La Crescenta, CA
Date: 2017-07-02
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 001
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 002
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 004
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 006
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 008
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 009
Location: In my garden  NC zone 7
Date: Oct. 2002
unripened seed pods
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2013-08-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-02-03
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-03-14

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2005-09-27
w/ morning glory (cousins)
Location: Scranton, Pennsylvania 
Date: 2021-09-14
Stunning moon flower with the moon!
Location: My garden
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-09-10
White on white in the black night
Uploaded by dave
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-21
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2015-09-29
What a beauty and fragrance to match!
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-25
Moonflower
Location: Elkhart
Date: 2019-09-12
Moonflower bud
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-08

 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens
Date: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2004-09-24
Location: Tarlton, OH
Date: 2017-09-11
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-31
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2014-06-06
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 005
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: Summer, 2018
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 007
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-01
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-02 
My husband says it's very fragrant and I can't smell a thing!!
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-29
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-12
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-07
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-05-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 10-14-07
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-11-11
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2005-09-14
w/ Sweet Autumn Clematis
Uploaded by QueenDreama
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2015-07-08
Location: Riverside, CA
Date: 2015-05-19
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-30 
More Seedpods
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-07-29 
Unripe pods
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Comments:
  • Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Sep 27, 2011 3:19 PM concerning plant:
    I love this plant! Not only is it pretty, but it also smells wonderful. It is fun to sit and watch it open up. Had one that was almost open and when I went to sniff, it "exploded" in my face...way cool.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 7, 2012 1:46 PM concerning plant:
    Evening Glory has become one of my favorite plants for its large, fragrant nocturnal flowers. Ipomoea alba seeds germinate quickly and before you know it you have this wonderful vine gracing your garden with those gorgeous white blooms! In late May I sowed a packet of seeds beneath a small tree next to our deck. By the end of June the vine was climbing all over the tree, and by July 1st it was covered in blooms and has been a robust bloomer all summer! It's a great choice for the garden or as a container plant climbing up a trellis. It should definitely be planted in a location where it can be seen in the evening and at night ... for instance by a back porch, or near the front door, or a walkway where your guests will surely notice this beauty! Always an attention getter, "Evening Glory" is a wonderful vine to incorporate into one's garden!
  • Posted by Jenn (Trenton, TX - Zone 8a) on Nov 29, 2011 7:55 PM concerning plant:
    I love planting these together with morning glory. I plant them both in large rectangular planters, and let them climb up two trellises that I have mounted to the brick facing of the house. They look so beautiful! I find that though they're not terribly xeric, they can take a lot of heat, and are prolific growers. Both moonflowers and morning glory are annuals in my part of the world (North Texas), but they often reseed themselves, and sprout back up in the spring. They actually reseed a little too well. I'm often pulling stray shoots out from parts of the garden where they're not meant to be! A little extra weeding is well worth having these beauties in your garden.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On June 30, 2022 Bloomed
piksihk On September 24, 2021 Bloomed
piksihk On January 4, 2021 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Collected seeds
piksihk On November 16, 2020 Harvested
seeds
piksihk On July 4, 2020 Bloomed
Transplanted to back/ginger
piksihk On December 29, 2019 Seeds sown
Soaking in water
piksihk On March 16, 2018 Seeds sown
added more seeds with yellow butterfly vine
piksihk On March 18, 2017 Transplanted
1 - frt side
2- frt MB
piksihk On March 14, 2017 Seeds germinated
Soaked over night placed on wet paper towel
dragonfetti On October 24, 2014 Bloomed
Planted late in the season but had one huge bloom.
carlysuko On June 12, 2019 Obtained plant
Purchased from Select Seeds
antsinmypants On April 11, 2024 Miscellaneous Event
Placed in moist paper towel. (5)
antsinmypants On May 23, 2023 Transplanted
4 - 2 in the ground on either side of pot at the end of Garden Two.
antsinmypants On March 28, 2023 Plant emerged
All 4 seedlings have emerged.
antsinmypants On March 24, 2023 Seeds sown
Sown after a 24-hour soak. 4
antsinmypants On May 17, 2022 Seeds sown
1 Into pot by bat house.
antsinmypants On March 4, 2021 Plant emerged
All 3 emerged.
antsinmypants On March 2, 2021 Seeds sown
One seed sown after 12+ hour soak. One sprouted while soaking. Leaving the other two in water a while longer.
lovesblooms On April 14, 2020 Miscellaneous Event
soaked in water, no heat
MrsBinWY On February 5, 2021 Seeds germinated
1st radical emerging on 2-5-2021; 2nd radical emerging on 2-7-2021. Three rotted (good chance these were the "floaters"). On the 6th seed, the radical started emerging, but the rest of the seed was mushy (might have been the "bobber"). Potted the two good germinated seeds up as the radicals emerged.
MrsBinWY On January 31, 2021 Seeds sown
6 seeds from poisondartfrog's 2015G; chipped, soaked & put on moist coffee filter in baggie @ warm room temp. 3 floaters, 2 sinkers, 1 that bobbed up and down
paleohunter On March 27, 2024 Seeds sown
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