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
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Red Flower,
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Trellis
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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