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Common Name: Morning Glory
Ipomoea tricolor is a Perennial Climber up to 5.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Southern N. America - Mexico to the West Indies and tropical America.
Scrub and waste places[
Requires a rich well-drained soil in a warm sunny position[
A tender and short-lived perennial plant, it can survive the winter when grown against a sunny but sheltered south-facing wall though it is best treated as an annual[
A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around the branches of other plants[
There are many named forms selected for their ornamental value[
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 in the greenhouse for at least their first winter then plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of side shoots in a peaty soil.