Ipomoea indica

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Ipomoea indica
Blue morning glory
Ipomoea July 2007-1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
Species: I. indica
(Burm.f.) Merr.
Binomial name
Ipomoea indica

Ipomoea indica[3] is a species of flowering plant in the family Convolvulaceae, known by several common names, including blue morning glory, oceanblue morning glory, koali awa, and blue dawn flower.


Ipomoea indica is a vigorous tender perennial vine native to tropical habitats throughout the world. It bears heart-shaped or 3-lobed leaves and rich purple funnel-shaped flowers 6–8 cm (2–3 in) in diameter, from spring to autumn. As it does not tolerate temperatures below 7 °C (45 °F), in temperate regions it is grown under glass.[4]

The Latin specific epithet indica means from India, or the East Indies or China.[5]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

Cultivated I. indica at the BBC Gardeners' World show in June 2011, note the tendrils around the black metal support.

Invasive species[edit]

It has become a noxious weed and invasive species in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, California and Portugal.[7] It can grow as a separate plant if snapped during attempted removal process.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USDA Plants Profile
  2. ^ Aluka Species Profile
  3. ^ "Ipomoea indica". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  4. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ipomoea indica". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Plantas invasoras em Portugal (2013). Ipomoea indica. Available in http://invasoras.uc.pt/gallery/ipomoea-indica/. Accessed on 28 July 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ipomoea indica at Wikimedia Commons