Milky Way Morning Glory
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Milky Way Morning Glory

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Ipomoea purpurea These seeds will produce masses of snow white trumpets with dark purple stars, on vines crawling up to 12 feet in length. As the name implies, morning glory flowers, which are funnel-shaped, open at morning time, allowing them to be polinated by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other daytime insects and birds. The flower typically lasts for a single morning and dies in the afternoon. New flowers bloom each day. The flowers usually start to fade a couple of hours before the petals start showing visible curling. They prefer full sun throughout the day. In cultivation, most are treated as perennials in tropical areas, and as annuals in colder climates, but some species tolerate winter cold. Morning glory is also called asagao (in Japanese a compound of asa "morning" and kao "face"). Aztec priests in Mexico were also known to use the plant's hallucinogenic properties to commune with their gods. Because of their fast growth, twining habit, attractive flowers, and tolerance for poor, dry soils, some morning glories are excellent vines for creating summer shade on building walls when trellised, thus keeping the building cooler and reducing air conditioning costs. Hardy in zones 5-9.

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