Ipomoea alba. C17

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Ipomoea is a climbing or creeping plant that can reach up to 7 metres in length.

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This plant belongs to the genus Ipomoea, of the Convolvulaceae family, which is made up of about 300 species of climbing plants, mostly native to the Americas and Africa. 

It is commonly known as Amole, Moonflower, White Ipomea and Lady of the night. This species comes from tropical and subtropical regions of the American continent.

They are climbing or creeping plants that can reach up to 7 metres in length. They have large, heart-shaped, bright green leaves. The most interesting thing is their large, funnel-shaped, white, fragrant flowers, which open at night and close at the beginning of the day. They can bloom from spring to early autumn.

These fast-growing plants are used as climbers (they need supports) to cover walls, fences and pergolas and as ground cover for low walls and embankments. Although they are perennials, in cooler climate regions they behave as annuals.

Ipomoea can thrive in full sun and semi-shade exposures and needs warm climates. It does not tolerate frost.

This plant can live in almost any type of soil whether it is clay or sandy but prefers it to be well drained and contain organic matter.

It should be watered frequently so that the soil never dries out completely at the rate of 2-3 times a week in summer, 1-2 times in spring and autumn and once a week in winter. Fertilise in early spring with a light supply of compost.

Can be pruned after flowering to remove faded flowers and leaves and to control growth.

If they do not have adequate moisture they can be attacked by aphids, red spider mites or mealy bugs.

They can be propagated from seeds sown in the spring and soaked in hot water for 24 hours. Stem cuttings can also be taken in summer.


 
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Ipomoea is a climbing or creeping plant that can reach up to 7 metres in length.

Specific References

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