The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Common Name: Common Morning Glory
Ipomoea purpurea is a Annual Climber up to 2.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Central America - Mexico to the West Indies.
Scrub and waste places[
]. Stream banks, disturbed or waste areas[
Requires a fertile well-drained loam in a sunny position[
The plant is not very frost hardy, but it can be grown outdoors as a tender annual in temperate zones[
A very ornamental plant, there are several named varieties[
]. The flowers are blue, but they turn more pink later in the day[
The seed is anthelmintic, diuretic and laxative[
]. It is used in the treatment of oedema, oliguria, ascariasis and constipation[
The seed contains small quantities of the hallucinogen LSD[
]. This has been used medicinally in the treatment of various mental disorders.
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water, or scarify the seed, and sow in individual pots in a greenhouse in early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at 22°c. Plants are extremely resentful of root disturbance, even when they are quite small, and should be potted up almost as soon as they germinate[
]. Grow them on fast in the greenhouse and plant them out into their permanent positions after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away actively.