Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Morning-glory - Ipomoea purpurea   (L.) Roth
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Author(L.) Roth
DistributionThroughout the state; no doubt in many other counties.

Native of the neotropics; in N.A. throughout most of the US and southern Canada.
AbundanceCommon in most of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain; only infrequent in the Mountains and coastal regions; rare on the Outer Banks.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, margins of cropfields, meadows, barnyards, borders of woods, thickets, disturbed ground. Where it occurs, it can be present over several acres of a vacant field.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-September.
IdentificationCommon Morning-glory is familiar to most folks, due to the attractive violet to red-purple flowers (varying to pink or even white). It climbs and clambers over other vegetation and fences. The flower stalks (pedicels) are densely hairy, as in I. hederaceus, but the sepal tips are short and acute (vs. long-acuminate). Very few other plants in NC have such a variety of distinct flower colors, even on the same plant, and a stand in bloom will almost always have a several colors of flowers -- seldom all a single color.
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