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Ipomoea pes-caprae

Railroad vine, Goat-foot morning glory, Bayhops, Beach morning glory

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)

Ipomoea pes-caprae (Railroad vine)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
A vine with a creeping stem but erect flower stalks with purple or reddish-pink funnel-shaped flowers.

Introduced from the West Indies, this showy vine sometimes grows across beaches almost to waters edge. The species name, meaning goats foot, refers to the shape of the leaf.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Size Notes: Climber
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , PA , SC , TX
Native Distribution: Georgia and Florida west to Texas.
Native Habitat: Coastal sand dunes.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2008-07-18