m This perennial flowering vine is native to tropical and semi-tropical regions of the New World in South, Central, and North America. A member of the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae) and should not be confused with other plants with the common name moonflower. It is is the same genus as morning glories (I. tricolor), sweet potato ((. batatus), and cypress vine (I. quamoclit).The vigorous vines grow quickly and climb by twining so are useful on a porch, fence, gazebo and trellise. The leaves are heart-shaped four to eight inches long. The white or pink flowers are fragrant and three to five inches across. They open from four inch long buds suddening in the afternoon or evening and last just one night, but are produced in profusion. Plants flower best when and where summer days are about twelve hours long. The seeds can be collected in the fall for planting in spring when the soil warms up. The genus name Ipomea comes from the Greek words ips meaning worm and homoios meaning resembling, and refers to the twining nature of the plant. The specific name alba means white in Latin and refers to the color of the flowers.
Bloom: White to pink fragrant flower 3-5″ across in summer
Light: Full sun; tolerates some shade
Soil: Average, moist, well-drained
Care: Low maintenance
Hardiness: Zones 9-11 grown as an annual outside its reange
Pests and Diseases: None of significance
Propagation: Seed (soaked and nicked; planted when soil is warm), stem cuttings