Ipomoea quamoclit

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Ipomoea quamoclit
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
Species: I. quamoclit
Binomial name
Ipomoea quamoclit

Ipomoea quamoclit (cypress vine, cypressvine morning glory, cardinal creeper, cardinal vine, star glory or hummingbird vine) is a species of Ipomoea morning glory native to tropical regions of the New World from northern South America north to Mexico. In southern India, it is called mayil manikkam in Tamil: மயில் மாணிக்கம். In Malayalam, it is called ākāśamulla. In Assamese it is known as Kunjalata (কুঞ্জলতা). In Bangladesh, it is called Tarulata, Kamalata, Kunjalata, Getphul.[1]

It is an annual or perennial, herbaceous, twining vine growing 3-10ft tall. The leaves are 1-4in long, deeply lobed (nearly pinnate), with 9-19 lobes on each side of the leaf. The flowers are 1-2in long and 1in in diameter, trumpet-shaped with five points, and can be red, pink or white. It flowers in summer and fall.

Cultivation and uses[edit]

It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics, and also outside of tropical regions, where it is grown as an annual plant only, not surviving temperate zone winters. In some tropical areas, it has become naturalized.

Seedlings must always be kept moist. They require full sun for good growth. This vine is one of the best plants for attracting hummingbirds, and is a vigorous grower. In warmer climates, this plant can be extremely invasive.

Ipomoea × multifida is a hybrid between I. quamoclit and the cypress vine (I. hederifolia). The allotetraploid of this hybrid is Ipomoea sloteri. Both are known as cardinal climber.


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  1. ^ "IPOMOEA QUAMOCLIT L.". Medical Plants BD.