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Morning Glory

Ipomoea tricolor


Herbaceous perennial climber. Stems twining, up to 3.5 m long. Leaves large, broadly ovate-heart-shaped, narrowly pointed at the apex. Inflorescences, axillary, few to many-flowered. Corolla funnel-shaped, 6-9 cm in diameter, usually blue with a white centre but many cultivars with other colours are known.


South America, Mesoamerica, North America, Caribbean, Africa & Madagascar. Native to Mexico, Central America and tropical South America; introduced and naturalised elsewhere in the tropics


The seeds, vines, flowers, and leaves contain ergoline alkaloids, and have been used for centuries by many Mexican Native American cultures as an entheogen; they were known to the Aztecs as tlitliltzin, the Nahuatl word for "black" with a reverential suffix. In South America, the seeds are also known as "badoh negro".

2 Species ID Suggestions

Max Brodie
Max Brodie 7 years ago
Morning Glory
Ipomoea tricolor
White Edge Morning Glory
Ipomoea nil

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Ron Kushner
Ron Kushner 7 years ago

Those long thin sepals are characteristic of Ipomoea nil .

LeonardoMB 7 years ago

Thanks for help, people! ;)

margaretwmerritt 7 years ago

It's a morning glory! I've grown them, so I know what it looks like.

Linnea Joandi
Linnea Joandi 7 years ago

Hi Leonardo,

Could it be Larger bindweed (


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São José do Rio Pardo, SP, Brazil

Spotted on Mar 4, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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