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Pest Information

Ivyleaf Morningglory

Ivyleaf Morningglory

  • Latin Name: Ipomoea Nil
  • Common Name: Ivyleaf Morningglory
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Ivyleaf Morningglory

Origin:

A native of tropical America, now widespread in the United States due to its use as an ornamental planting.

Biology:

An attractive annual vine that reproduces only by seeds that germinate in early summer. It is a very rapid grower and climber, and becomes a problem in many cultivated crops, orchards, or vineyards.

Identification:

Similar to Tall Morningglory, but with leaves that vary in shape, but typically have 3 to 5 distinct lobes. It has a taproot, while Tall morningglory has a fibrous root sytem. Leaves are very large, up to 3.5 inches long. Flowers occur on short stalks that arise from the leaf axils, with from 1 to 3 large bluish to purple flowers. Petals are fused to form a funnel about 1.5 to 2.5 inches across.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

An annual vine growing only from seeds. Rapid growth causes problems, but physical removal of individual plants will work.

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