Scientific NameIpomoea hederacea
Other Common Names:
Mexican morning glory
entireleaf monring glory
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
This creeping or climbing summer annual flowers from July through September. It can climb up several structures and has a taproot.
The alternate heart shaped leaves are 2-5 inches (50-125mm) long, 3.5 inches (~87mm) wide, and covered in erect short hairs. Both the stems and the long petioles are densely hairy. The stems can grow upwards of 10 feet in length. Leaf shape is similar to that of ivy, leaves typically have 3 lobes, which is the reason for the common name.
This plant can be identified by the erect hairs on its leaves. The Tall Morningglory has prostrate hairs while the Entireleaf/ivyleaf morning glory has upright hairs. Not only do the leaves have hairs, but so do the stems.
Flower Seed Head
The funnel shaped flowers grow in clusters of 1-3 on short stalks from the leaf axils. The white to pale blue or purple flowers are densely hairy at their bases. These flowers are typically 1-2 inches (25-50 mm).
The seeds grow in spherical capsules that separate in 2 to 4 portions when mature. Each capsule may contain from 4 to 6 dark brown wedge shaped seeds.
This plant prefers rich moist soils, but can adapt to most environments. It is generally a pest of agricultural settings, although it can be found in landscaping where people will plant it for decorative purposes.
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval