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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 3 inches
Plant Spread: to 100 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Not suitable for containers


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 14, 2013 1:45 PM

Ipomoea pes-caprae is found along tropical and subtropical beaches worldwide but here in the United States it is only found on dunes and beaches in the southern part of the country from Georgia, south along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts to Texas and Mexico, and is prevalent throughout the Florida peninsula where it is a native. This fast growing, rambling vine only attains heights of about three inches, but the length can reach anywhere from 30 feet to 100 feet! Beach Morning Glory is heat, salt and wind resistant making it a great choice for beachfront properties where it will colonize areas above the high tide lines. It has long, thick tap roots up to 10 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter and the vine roots at the nodes all along the freely branching stems making it ideal for dune stabilization and beach restoration. It forms a thick ground cover and can be pruned to keep in bounds. This vine thrives and grows vigorously in poor soil conditions and is highly drought tolerant once established.

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Posted by yurikashtanov (St.Petersburg, or Sochi, or North Smolensk reg., Russia; Los Frailes, Ecuador - Zone 10a) on Mar 18, 2013 3:54 AM

The plant is common for the upper parts of the beaches of the Pacific ocean in Ecuador. Endures salted air.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Aug 4, 2020 3:34 PM

Range: along the pacific coast from British Columbia to Southern California.

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