The Morning Glory
Morning Glory is a trumpet-shaped flower that opens to reveal their full beauty in the morning, thus the name. The Morning Glory is a vine usually found climbing wall, trellises, and fences in tropical, subtropical and temperate regions bringing a display of color to landscapes. The name Morning Glory is applied to some general all from the family of Convolvulaceae: Rivera, Mireia, Ipomoea, Convolvulus, and Calystegia.
Most Morning Glory flowers have a spread of 4 inches, but a few are up to 8 inches across. As the Morning Glory rolls up and closes at some point during the late day, it often shows the folding marks on the petals. Some varieties of the plant close their petals 2 hours after sunset and begin to fade 2 hours before the flower starts to curl. Others are moonflowers, which flower at night.
To cultivate the Morning Glory in frost-free areas, the plant is treated as a perennial and cuttings are used to get it to propagate. In colder areas, it’s treated as an annual and seeds are planted to grow additional Morning Glories. The seed has a hard coat that requires soaking in warm water to germinate properly. In late spring germination is visible. Many Morning Glory varieties self-seed.
Morning Glories grow fast and are often used to cool building walls from the heat of the sun and to create shade on ceiling and wall trellises. Varieties of Morning Glories include the following and many others:
• The Cardinal Climber
• The Cypress Vine
• Heavenly Blue
The Morning Glory is hardy in zones 3 through 10. It is found growing naturally along the central coast and the Central Valley of California as well as the Sierra Nevada foothills. There, onlookers can see pink, purple, blue and white Morning Glories growing naturally in the wild.