Ipomoea purpurea

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Ipomoea purpurea
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Photo by John R. Gwaltney, Southeastern Flora.com
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
Species: I. purpurea
Binomial name
Ipomoea purpurea
(L.) Roth
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Natural range of Ipomoea purpurea from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Tall morning-glory, Common morning-glory.[1]

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Pharbitis purpurea (Linnaeus) Voigt.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]


This plant is a vine and is common within its range.[2]


I. purpurea is a native of tropical America.[1]



This species has been found in disturbed habitats along the edges of soybean fields, on farms, and along roadsides in loamy clay.[2]


This species has been observed to flower with a deep magenta-red with a white throat in July, June, and October.[3][2]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

When chewed the seeds are a hallucinogen, but this is incredibly dangerous to practice. The rest of the plant has been used as a strong laxative.[4]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Robert K. Godfrey, Leon Neel, Edwin L. Tyson, Loran C. Anderson, T. MacClendon, and Karen MacClendon. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Jackson, and Leon. Countries: Panama.
  3. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 12 DEC 2016
  4. Korchmal, Arnold & Connie. 1973. A Guide to the Medicinal Plants of the United States. The New York Times Book Company, New York.