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Ipomoea alba

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This twining perennial has evergreen, oval or rounded, mid- to dark green leaves. Fragrant, 6-inch white blooms appear in early summer to fall, opening in early evening.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSeeds are highly toxic if ingested.

CareGrow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Provide support. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

PropagationChip seeds or soak for 24 hours before sowing. Sow seed in spring. Root softwood cuttings in spring or summer, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsWhite blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot, and wilt.

  • Genus : Ipomoea
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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