Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) in the Morning Glories Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Ipomoea alba Accepted
Ipomoea bona-nox Synonym
Operculina grandiflora Synonym
Calonyction aculeatum Synonym

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

Hummingbird Moth 'getting into it'

Night-Time Fragrance!Night-Time Fragrance!
By Horseshoe on January 20, 2012

The absolutely best vine for your deck or porch, or near an open window, is the Moonvine (Ipomoea alba), not to be confused with Moonflower. Grown on a trellis or deck railing, its night-blooming 6” pure white flowers offer a fragrance to behold. Pull up a chair in the evening and watch the flowers unfold before your very eyes!

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Date: summer 2006Hummingbird Moth 'getting into it'
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-09-111st bloom of the season
By carlysuko
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-12Moonflower
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Location: Mum and Dad's house, Brockton, MAMum's Moonflower
By capenancy
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Location: La Crescenta, CADate: 2018-10-28
By JulieB
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2019-09-21Entwined in lily stalks
By joannakat
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-30Moonflower
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2019-08-31
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-12Moonflower bud
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2019-09-04
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-30
By JayZeke
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Date: 2011-10-17Blooms look like White Satin
By EmmaGrace
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Location: Tarlton, OHDate: 2017-08-24This one opened in the morning and closed in the evening.
By m33jones2
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-12Moonflower
By JayZeke
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Location: Oceanside, California Date: 2019-08-25In my garden
By carlysuko
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Date: 2011-10-17Backside of Bloom is almost as pretty as the Front
By EmmaGrace
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Date: 2011-10-17Extremely Fragrant
By EmmaGrace
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Location: My Greenwood, MN gardenDate: 2016-09-04
By capenancy
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-12Moonflower
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Date: 2019-09-22
By RoseA32
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-24Moonflower
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-30Moonflower
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 003
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 011
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Location: Fountain, Florida
By gingin
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Date: 2011-10-17Backside of Bloom is almost as pretty as the Front
By EmmaGrace
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2011
By Shannon
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2011
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Location: NC zone 7 Date: early spring newly germinated seeds...sown inside under lights
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Location: My garden in northeast TexasDate: 2012-09-12
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Date: 2011-06-27Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-09-13
By jmorth
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
By Calif_Sue
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 8-24-07
By jmorth
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Location: Greenwood, MNDate: 2015-10-04
By capenancy
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Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)Date: October
By MossyOwls
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Location: Tarlton, OHDate: 2017-09-11
By m33jones2
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Location: Broken Arrow, OKDate: 2017-09-19
By Zebraduck
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-09-11First bloom of the season
By carlysuko
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Location: Newmanstown, PADate: 2018-08-03
By 62latour
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-12Moonflower
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 010
By jathton
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-09-10White on white in the black night
By jmorth
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-18-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2005-09-27w/ morning glory (cousins)
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
By Calif_Sue
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2015-12-01
By JulieB
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Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)Date: September
By MossyOwls
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Location: my garden Date: 2017-03-14
By piksihk
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Location: my garden Date: 2017-03-18
By piksihk
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Location: ElkhartDate: 2019-09-09Moonflower bud
By JayZeke
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Location: Oceanside, California Date: 2019-08-02In my garden
By carlysuko
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 001
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 002
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 004
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 006
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Summer, 2018Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) 008
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana GardensDate: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
By chelle
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: Summer 2010Late evening blooms
By Sharon
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-11-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2004-09-24
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2005-09-14w/ Sweet Autumn Clematis
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-02-03
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2014-06-06
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 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2015-05-19
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Location: Riverside, CADate: 2015-07-08
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-14-07
By jmorth
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Location: La Crescenta, CADate: 2017-07-02
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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Sep 27, 2011 3:19 PM

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.

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Posted by Jenn (Trenton, TX - Zone 8a) on Nov 29, 2011 7:55 PM

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.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 7, 2012 1:46 PM

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!

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Plant Events from our members
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
lovesblooms On April 14, 2020 Miscellaneous Event
soaked in water, no heat
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
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