Ipomoea imperati - Convolvulaceae, Morning Glory Family
DESCRIPTION: Prostrate, sprawling vine with oval leaves and showy flowers.
Height: To 4 inches
Flowers: Showy, white with a yellow throat, 3 inches long and 3 inches wide. Spring, summer and fall.
Fruit: A somewhat woody capsule
Foliage: Thick, leathery, succulent, oval-shaped, 1-1/2 inches long and
2 inches wide.
Growth rate: Fast
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Loose sand
Drainage: Good to moderate
Propagation: Seeds, tubers, rooting at nodes
NATIVE HABITAT: Cameron and Willacy Counties in coastal sands.
WILDLIFE USE: Food for caterpillars of Painted Crescent butterfly. Flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and other flying insects.
COMMENTS: This morning glory forms long, trailing vines, covering and securing sand dunes. The dark green leaves contrast nicely with the white, yellow-throated showy flowers.