Morning Glory
(Ipomoea indica)

Morning Glory';

This plant is easily confused with the Common Morning Glory. A herbaceous twining annual with hairy stems up to 3 metres or more. Bright green, sparsely hairy, heart-shaped leaves. Purplish-blue, reddish, magenta or white funnel-shaped flowers, sometimes with contrasting stripes from November to May.

Other names
Perennial Morning Glory; Cock Plant (English)
Meerjarige Purperwinde (Afrikaans)
ibhoqo, ijalamu, ubatata wentaba (isiZulu)
imotyikatsana (isiXhosa)
Invasive status
NEMBA Category 1b
CARA 2002 Category 1 in Limpopo, KZN, Mpumalanga and Category 2 rest of South Africa
Originally from
West Indies
Where is it a problem?
KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape
How does it spread?
Seed dispersal
Why is it a problem?
This creeper invades woodlands, waste areas, arable land, roadsides, river banks and coastal dunes. It scrambles over and competes with other species.
Planting alternatives
Canary Creeper (Senecio tamoides), Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata), Traveller’s Joy (Clematis brachiata)

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