Merremia dissecta - Convolvulaceae, Morning Glory Family
DESCRIPTION: Climbing vine with palmate leaves, showy flowers, and an attractive seed pod.
Height: Twining vine
Flowers: Showy, white with a purple throat,
3 inches long and 3 inches wide. Spring, summer and fall. Stay open all day, unlike some Ipomoea species whose flowers close at
Fruit: Woody capsule in the shape of a "wood rose"
Foliage: Palm-shaped leaves to 4 inches long and 4 inches wide. The 5
to 7 lobes have wavy edges with indentations.
Growth rate: Fast
Sun: Full sun
Drainage: Good to moderate
Water: Very drought tolerant
Maintenance: Needs to climb on something
NATIVE HABITAT: On edges of thickets and disturbed land.
WILDLIFE USE: Provides nectar and pollen for insects and food for caterpillars of Painted Crescent butterfly.
COMMENTS: Dry seed capsules can be used in flower arrangements.