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Ipomoea hederifolia

Ipomoea hederifolia L.

Ipomoea coccinea L. var. hederifolia (L.) A. Gray

Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderSolanalesPotatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias, sweet potatoes, morning glories, many others
FamilyConvolvulaceaeBindweed or morning glory family
GenusIpomoeaFrom Greek ips, “a worm,” and homoios, “like,” because of the twining vine
SpecieshederifoliaWith leaves like those of ivy

About plant names...

Scarlet creeper is native to the southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. It has become naturalized in many other parts of the world. It appears along roadsides, stream banks, old fields, thickets, and waste areas.

Plants: Vines, with thin hairless or slightly hairy stems, 3-4' (91-121 cm) tall, and may trail horizontally up to 10' (3 m).

Leaves: Alternate, heart shaped, often deeply lobed into 3 to as many as 7 segments, ¾-6" (2-15 cm) around, with smooth edges and sharp tips.

Flowers: Trumpet-shaped, in small clusters, with a 1½" (3.8 cm) long thin throat that flares suddenly to about 1" (2.5 cm) diameter at the end. The style and stigmas extend well beyond the flower. Pedicels (flower stalks) are ⅛-½" (5-15 mm) long. Blooms appear from July to November.

Fruits: ⅛-¼" (6-8 mm).

Online References:

Ipomoea hederifolia on FLORIDATA

Ipomoea hederifolia on ZipcodeZoo.com (Many photos)

Ipomoea hederifolia on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Ipomoea hederifolia on Wikimedia Commons (Photos and drawings)

Ipomoea hederifolia on climbers.lsa.umich.edu

Ipomoea hederifolia on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Ipomoea hederifolia at HEAR: the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project

Ipomoea hederifolia on JSTOR Plant Science

Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 7 × 7" (18 × 17 cm)

Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 5 × 6" (12 × 14 cm)

Ipomoea hederifolia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 7 Jul 2017.

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Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

Look carefully to pick out the vine—most of the foliage is sagebrush. · 9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 7 × 5" (17 × 13 cm)

Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 4 × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

Ipomoea hederifolia (Scarlet Creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory, Star Ipomoea, Trompillo, Ivy-leaved Morning Glory)

9/1/2014 · NM
≈ 12 × 10" (31 × 26 cm)

Range: Zones 6-10:

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