Random Plant: Tall morning glory

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Tall morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea, Convolvulaceae) photographed 09/13/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

Although native to the American tropics, tall morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea, Convolvulaceae) has been spread throughout much of temperate North America by humans. Gardeners favor this plant for its big heart-shaped leaves, beautiful purple flowers, and its attractiveness to butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Tall morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea, Convolvulaceae) photographed 09/13/2013 near Clayton, Michigan.

As is often the case this introduced species has escaped cultivation and can now be found in the wild. It’s perhaps most commonly encountered near fields, roads, and other sunny disturbed areas where it easily establishes itself. Although attractive, it’s non-native, invasive nature has earned it noxious weed status in several states.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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