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Ipomoea lobata (Firecracker vine, Spanish flag)

Ipomoea lobata Photo/Illustration: Danielle Sherry

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Botanical Name: Ipomoea lobata eye-poe-MEE-ah lo-BAY-tah Common Name: Firecracker vine, Spanish flag Synonyms: I. versicolor, Quamoclit lobata 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.
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,Vines

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