Ipomoea indica

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Ipomoea indica
Ipomoea July 2007-1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
I. indica
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] In this case, the name likely refers to the West Indies, as I. indica is native to the New World.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6][7]

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.[8] It can grow as a separate plant if snapped during attempted removal process.

In New Zealand, it is classed as an unwanted organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and it is therefore illegal to sell, propagate and distribute the plant.[9] It is listed on the National Pest Plant Accord.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USDA Plants Profile
  2. ^ Aluka Species Profile[permanent dead link]
  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. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 53. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ Plantas invasoras em Portugal (2013). Ipomoea indica. Available in http://invasoras.uc.pt/gallery/ipomoea-indica/. Accessed on 28 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Blue morning glory". Biosecurity New Zealand. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2010.

External links[edit]

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