man of the earth
Scientific NameIpomoea pandurata
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Bigroot morningglory usually hugs the ground, though it may climb items that it runs into. It is most often found in drier soils and in waste lands.
The leaves of bigroot morningglory are alternate in arrangement. The edges are entire and the leaves are heart shaped. They are approximately 4 inches long and 3.5 inches wide.
Bigroot morningglory is mostly noted for its large, edible root. It is related to the sweet potato and can grow up to 30 pounds
Flower Seed Head
The flowers of bigroot morningglory are white with a purple center and bloom from late spring to early fall. The flowers are up to 3 inches long and 3 inches wide with petals that are almost completely united into a tube.
The seeds of bigroot morningglory are contained in a capsule. The seeds are reddish brown, and hairy around the edges.
Found: Bigroot morningglory is found throughout 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