Morning glories are a genus in the family "Convolvulaceae." There are about 150 species of this genus, and many hybrids as well. The flowers have five petals that form an open star shape when they bloom.
Some people call them “Mexican morning glories” because these flowers were used by Aztecs for medicinal purposes as well as decoration in their rituals and ceremonies. This article will describe some of the most common types of morning glory, including sky blue, white, purple and pink varieties.
Mexican Morning Glory
Also known as “Ipomoea tricolor”, the Mexican morning glory is a very well-known species of morning glory. Its scientific name means three colors, referring to its white, pink and purple petals forming an open star shape. It grows in thick clusters on vines that can reach up to 12ft long.
The stems of this plant have large leaves that can grow to 6 inches long with jagged edges. The flowers are tubular in shape and it has a yellow corona within the star of the flower that ranges from 5-20 mm (0.2 – 0.8 inches) in diameter depending on the variety. It only takes about 60 days for this plant to bloom and the blooms typically last in full color for just a few days.
Mexican morning glories are generally seen as an invasive plant because it is known to grow rapidly on other plants and can spread via seeds, but the Mexican government has been trying to control its growth by combating wildfires that would often occur during the dry season.
Sky Blue Morning Glory
The name “Ipomoea alba” refers to the 6 white petals of this flower that form an open star shape. Although it comes from Mexico, it is now grown in different parts of the world, including South America and California. This flower does not have a thick stem or grow on vines; instead, its stems are thin and woody with smaller leaves that overlap each other. The flowers bear yellow seeds inside their pods when they bloom, but these natural seedpods can be dried and used to decorate flower arrangements. It takes about 2 months to bloom, and its petals will fall off after 48 hours of being in full color.
The Skyblue morning glory does not have a lot of commercial uses or benefits when compared to other types of morning glories, but their seeds are used as natural dyes for clothes and hair among certain groups of people. In addition, it has been seen that the flowers of this variety look very attractive when attached to hair in ponytails or pigtails.
Purple Morning Glory
The scientific name for purple morning glory is “Ipomoea purpurea,” and it is called such because of its dark purple petals forming an open star shape. This variety is the most common on North American soil with over 20 species within the genus. It grows in thick stems that can reach up to 150 centimeters (5 feet) long and has large leaves that are green with yellow veins. These flowers bloom in clusters, but they do not flower all at once. The purple morning glory is known to have a strong and unpleasant odor that can be smelled from afar.
This variety has beautiful dark red petals that grow on stems reaching up to 7 foot in height. It takes about 60 days for this plant to bloom, and it is commonly used as an ornamental plant due to its large size and striking appearance.
Because of its rapid growth rate, the purple morning glory is often seen as a weed that interferes with other plants, but it can be used as an ornamental plant as described above. In addition, the stems of this variety are often hollow and airtight when they are fresh. This means that purple morning glories are filled with oxygen that was produced by the photosynthesis process – a few cuttings from the stem of this plant can be placed inside the shoes of people with foot issues or who have difficulty walking.
Seeds from the purple morning glory are known to be poisonous, but this is not a problem since they are normally removed before being eaten. In addition, the large leaves and stems can be used as a food source for livestock in need of some greens.
Blue Ridge morning glory
Blue Ridge morning glory is a variety of morning glory that is native to the Eastern United States. It has flowers with blue petals and white tips, but it can sometimes have pink or purple shades as well. The scientific name for this plant is “Ipomoea turpethum.” This type of morning glory grows on vines reaching up to 10 feet in length, and its stems are very thick.
The blue ridge variety blooms for over 6 weeks from June to August, but it can also bloom into the early fall season. The seeds of this plant are used as a spice in dishes like fried chicken or spicy sauces when they ripen. When these seeds are roasted before use, the seeds can be ground into a powder or crushed to use as a spice. The large leaves of this plant are also edible and are usually cooked before being eaten; they are known for having a strong flavor when consumed raw.
Blue Ridge morning glory is the best variety of morning glory in terms of medicinal benefits, since its stems contain many fibers that can be used as an organic fertilizer. This plant also contains chemicals that inhibit the growth of other plants, which means that dried and chopped stems released into the soil will prevent weeds from growing in a certain area.
Grandpa Ott’s morning glory (or “Double Doubler”)
Grandpa Ott’s morning glory is the best variety of morning glory when it comes to medicinal benefits, since it contains 10-hydroxy-pteroyloxazin-I acid (HPXA), which is an anticancer compound. In addition, the leaves and seeds of this plant are very good sources of electrolytes and protein.
This variety is commonly used as an ornamental plant in gardens, since it has red or purple flowers and is resistant to pests. It blooms from late spring through early fall, but the seeds need about 70 days before they are ready for planting. The scientific name for this plant is “Ipomoea hederacea.”
This variety of morning glory was named after a man called “Grandpa Ott,” who found and cultivated it on his farm in Louisiana. Grandpa Ott passed away recently at the age of 87, but this type of morning glory will live on forever because the scientific community has decided to name it after him.
The researchers who studied Grandpa Ott’s morning glory claim that it causes weight loss by stimulating chemical reactions in the body, which leads to fat being burned faster for energy. They also claim that the chemical HPXA can stimulate the immune system and ward off infections, as well as prevent birth defects. Only time will tell whether or not this information is true after more clinical trials are performed.
When picked fresh in early summer, Grandpa Ott’s morning glory has a bright red flower with purple tips on top. The plant can grow to be up to 3 feet in height, and its leaves are usually dark green with red or purple veins. It is resistant against many types of pests, but it does not have any substance that can inhibit the growth of other plants.
The seeds from Grandpa Ott’s morning glory are used for decorative purposes such as jewelry making. They can also be used to create painted art work and mosaics, which is why this plant is often called a “living paintbrush” by many artists.
Baby blue morning glory (or "Blue Babe")
Baby blue morning glory is the best variety of morning glory when it comes to medical benefits, since it contains a compound that can boost the immune system and make people feel stronger. It also contains many beneficial chemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties and can help people who suffer from asthma or allergies.
This plant has very low levels of calories, carbohydrates, and fats, which is why it has gained notoriety among people who want to lose weight.
Although this plant does contain a substance that can alleviate the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction, such as sneezing or runny nose, it will not prevent the same episode from occurring in the future. The scientific community acknowledges this fact, since they have determined that baby blue morning glory can only reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction without preventing it from happening.
The leaves, stems, and roots of this plant are used to create medicines, although the entire plant can be used in some scenarios. The root is usually dried before being crushed into powder form for medicinal use.
The state of Illinois is known as the “baby blue morning glory” capital of the world because that is where most of these plants are grown. People from other states in the country tend to export this product to Illinois, and then local residents collect it for sale on a daily basis.
Double blue morning glory (or “Double Blue,” “Double Bubba,” or “Connie Sue’s Double Bubba”)
This variety of morning glory was developed by a woman named “Connie Sue” in the state of Tennessee. She created it in her own garden near an oak tree, which is why many people call it the “double blue morning bloom under an oak.”
The scientific community has not yet determined whether or not this strain of morning glory can increase the lifespan of human beings, but it is true that this plant grows faster than normal morning glories and produces a lot of flowers.
The leaves on Connie Sue’s double blue morning glory tend to be deep green in color with purple veins running through them. The flowers are typically light-blue and smell like candy. This plant can be used to create medicinal products, as well as art or jewelry.
A common use for this type of morning glory is to grow it on fences in order to conceal the existing fence while adding color and beauty. People who are unable to find the time to garden also benefit from growing this flower near their homes because it requires very little maintenance.
Mauve morning glory (or "Mauve")
This variety of morning glory is usually blue to purple in color. Its flowers are small and appear similar to the other varieties found throughout North America, but mauve morning glories tend to be smaller than the average plant. It has a higher resistance against pests.
This plant’s leaves contain a very potent toxin that can poison humans. Some people have died after ingesting just one leaf because it contains enough poison to kill an adult human being.
This plant’s leaves and stems are used to create medicines that help people who suffer from asthma or allergies. However, some botanists believe it would be more effective to use mauve morning glories as a preventative medicine than as a curative one.
Mauve morning glories are often used as a preventative medicine for allergies and asthma. People who suffer from these conditions should consult with their doctor before trying mauve morning glory, however. This plant contains effective ingredients that can cure the symptoms associated with a severe allergic reaction or asthma attack, but it can also cause serious damage to human organs.
Improved white morning glory (or “Improved Double White”)
The root bulb on an improved white morning glory contains up to 78% more starch than the average morning glory. It is used to create medicinal products, as well as medicines that help people who suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure.
This plant can be difficult to grow in warmer climates because it needs a lot of water and sunlight. However, people who live in areas with an average temperature below 75 degrees Fahrenheit will enjoy growing improved white morning glories in their vegetable gardens.
Like most other varieties of morning glory, improved white morning glories are toxic to the touch and should never be handled by human beings without gloves on.
This plant is also known as "double white". People who grow it often do so because it is more effective at curing a diabetic’s symptoms than other varieties. This plant can reduce the effects of diabetes, but it needs to be consumed in high quantities so its effects are felt by human beings.
Improved white morning glories usually grow up to ten inches tall and have a bloom period that typically lasts five weeks. During this time, they produce flowers that look similar to irises.
Improved red morning glory (or “Improved Red”)
People who grow improved red morning glories believe it is easier to maintain than other varieties. Its blooms are typically crimson in color, but they do not appear as bright or vibrant as those on a typical Texas wildflower. Improved red morning glories also contain more starch than other varieties do.
This plant can grow up to three feet tall in some areas of the United States, but people who live in warmer climates might have difficulty growing it because it needs a lot of water and sunlight to survive. It is also difficult to maintain as a houseplant or inside an office building unless its owner has access to a large amount of indoor sunlight.
Improved red morning glories can be used to create jewelry or other trinkets that can be sold at local craft fairs throughout the state of Texas as well. People who intend to use it as an ornamental plant usually grow it on their front lawns or in other public spaces where it can be admired by others.
Improved red morning glories can also be used to create healing products that help people who suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure manage their symptoms. If you harvest the flower of an improved red morning glory after it has bloomed, then it will contain more starch than a typical mauve morning glory does.
This plant is toxic to the touch and should not be handled by human beings who are not wearing protective clothing. People should also wash their hands thoroughly if they happen to come into contact with an improved red morning glory while working in their vegetable gardens or when harvesting some of it for medicinal purposes.
Improved red morning glories usually grow up to twelve inches tall, but it is possible for them to grow up to twenty inches tall in some areas of the United States. Its bloom period typically lasts six weeks.
Pink morning glory
Pink morning glories are typically easy to grow because they require little maintenance and can adapt well to new environments. However, a person who attempts to grow them in a colder environment needs to know how to prepare the soil correctly so that it retains moisture long enough for these plants to survive.
If a person plants the seeds of a pink morning glory in soil that contains too much sand, then these seeds will not germinate. The most effective kinds of soil for growing this plant are those that contain lots of humus and other organic materials that can retain moisture as well as feed it to its roots.
Pink morning glories produce flowers that are typically pink in color, but they can also produce flowers that look white or violet from time to time. This is why the most common names for this plant are “Morning Glory” and “Wake-Robin.”
Pink morning glories need to be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch because it can wilt easily. If it is left in a puddle of water after its soil has become saturated, then the roots of this plant will rot.
Pink morning glories typically attract butterflies and other insects when they are healthy, so a person can place some of them around the garden to help with pollination. However, bumblebees might pollinate them too aggressively.
Are morning glories plants or flowers?
Morning Glories are climbing vines that bloom during the day and therefore they are flowers. They are also known as bindweed (because they wrap around their host plants) and scarlet climber. The name 'Morning Glory' refers to their tendency to bloom as the sun rises; they are not related to the potato plant which is also called a 'Morning Glory'.
Are morning glories weeds?
Well, yes and no. They can be weeds if you consider them undesirable in your yard or garden. But they also have benefits: birds eat their seeds, people use them for medicinal purposes, and morning glories have been used as food. It depends greatly upon your point of view and how you would like your garden to look.
What do morning glories look like?
Morning Glory flowers come in white, blue, lavender, purple, pink or even red colors. The leaves are thick and veiny. They have large, heart-shaped leaves. The vines are green and wiry with small tendrils at the end of each leaf that help it climb.
Do morning glories normally grow in a vine or do they grow as flowers?
Morning Glories don't usually grow as flowers in the ground. If you have morning glory growing in your ground, you don't need to remove it. It is spreading out by sending out seeds so if you decide to pull it up, you are essentially uprooting their seedlings.
What type of soil do they grow in?
Morning Glories grow best in moist, fertile soil and they do just fine without fertilizer. If you need to fertilize your morning glory, use compost or other organic materials.
What time of the year does it bloom?
Morning Glories can bloom all year but usually bloom in spring and summer depending on where you live. They also make good cut flowers.
Morning glories are beautiful flowers that anyone can grow. They are easy as long as you know how to take care of them. You really don't need to do anything else besides water them when the soil is dry and add some organic matter every now and then in order to make sure your morning glories stay healthy for a long time.