Firecracker vine

Ipomoea lobata

Photo/Illustration: 
Danielle Sherry
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Firecracker vine (Ipomoea lobata)
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Synonyms:  I. versicolor
Genus:  Ipomoea
This unusual annual vine can add vertical interest to the garden. Its vivid blossoms (red tooth-like flowers that fade to orange and then yellow and white) are a hummingbird magnet. Firecracker vine can bloom year round in warm climates, but generally blooms from summer to fall. It is a native of Mexico and Central and South America. -Julia Jones, Designing with Annuals, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Long stems of multi-colored flowers that attract hummingbirds.
Care:  Provide full sun and well-drained soil in a sheltered location.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 64°F in spring.
Problems:  Wilt, charcoal rot, thread blight, white blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, and stem rot may affect plants.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
Red,
Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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