(Ipomoea purpurea var. ‘Tall Mixed’)
Tall Mixed Morning Glory is a warm weather annual flowering vine that is native to Mexico and South America but can be found growing in thickets, fallow fields, and along roadsides throughout the state of Arizona. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 6-9' and features a fast-growing vine with heart-shaped dark green leaves and 3-4" flower blooms in varied shades of blue, pink, purple, and white. This plant can be grown in containers or hanging baskets, attracts bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and hummingbirds, has medicinal properties, and self sows!
Variety: Grandpa Ott' Morning Glory
Native to: Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Chile Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Introduced into: Alabama, Angola, Assam, Austria, Baleares, Bangladesh, Bolivia, British Columbia, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colorado, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Free State, Greece, Hainan, Haiti, Hawaii, Illinois, India, Iran, Italy, Kentucky, Kenya, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Leeward Is., Lesotho, Madagascar, Madeira, Mauritius, Michigan, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Northern Provinces, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Philippines, Primorye, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Québec, Rodrigues, Romania, Rwanda, Réunion, Sicilia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Uganda, Vermont, Washington, West Himalaya, Windward Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Annual
Bloom Time: Summer-Fall
Growing Habit: Vine
Hardiness: Half Hardy. Morning glory will sprout again after a light frost but will not tolerate a hard freeze.
Crops: Spring Transplant, Spring
Growing Season: Short, Long
Growing Conditions: Cool, Warm. Morning glory will grow best in a sunny part of the garden in areas with cooler summers, but should be placed in a partially shady spot in areas with hotter summer days.
Outdoor Growing Temp: 50°F - 90°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp: 55°F. Seeds will germinate at 55-68˚ but will take longer to germinate above 65˚F
Start Indoors: Yes
Start Outdoors: Yes
Light: Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool). Morning glory grow best in the sun in areas with cooler summers.
Water: Moderate. For the best flavor, keep Morning glory well watered. This helps to neutralize the spiciness of the greens and flowers.
Feeder: Light. Grow Morning glory in soil that is higher in Phosphorus and Potassium than Nitrogen. Growing Morning glory in nitrogen rich soil produces more vegetative growth and discourages blooming.
Suitability: Needs summer shade
Small Gardens?: Yes
Containers?: Yes. Suitable in 1 gallon. Suitable for hanging baskets. Needs excellent drainage in pots
Attracts beneficial insects?: Yes. Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds.
Sow Depth: 1/4”
Produces: a fast-growing vine with heart-shaped dark green leaves and 3-4" flowers in varied shades of blue, pink, purple, and white.
Uses: Flowering Tree, Will Naturalize.
USDA Grow Zone: 3a-9b
Water Needs: Moderate. For the best flavor, keep Morning glory well watered. This helps to neutralize the spiciness of the greens and flowers.
Fertilizer Needs: Light. Grow Morning glory in soil that is higher in Phosphorus and Potassium than Nitrogen. Growing Morning glory in nitrogen rich soil produces more vegetative growth and discourages blooming.
Support: Optional. If you want your Morning glory to grow up, you can encourage it up a trellis, fence, or some other kind of support.
Leaves and flowers are known for their peppery, mustard-like flavor.
Both the leaves and flowers are edible raw and add a sweet and spicy kick to salads. Morning glory leaves can also be made into a pesto.