Scientific NameIpomoea coccinea
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Red morningglory is a vine that often grows close to the ground. It may grow to many feet in length and may climb items it runs into. It prefers more moist soils.
The leaves of red morningglory are simple and alternate in arrangement. They have a heart-shaped outline, but have many points along the edges. They grow to be approximately 10 cm (100mm) long and 6 cm (60mm) wide. The leaves are usually entire, but may have teeth on the edges; however, they are usually hairless.
Red morningglory is most easily distinguished from other morningglories by its leaves, which have several points along the margins. The vine can grow to be 10 ft long.
Flower Seed Head
The flowers of red morningglory are in general pink or red, with dark orange to red on the edges, and yellow to light orange in the center. The petals are combined to form a cone which is approximately 1 1/4 inches (30mm) long and 1 inch (25mm) wide. The flowers bloom from July to October and are radially symmetrical.
The fruit of red morningglory is a simple small, round capsule. The fruit will split when dry.
Red morningglory is found through most of the eastern United States. It is found as far north as New York and Michigan, and as far west as Texas.
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf,
longer than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval