Ipomoea lindheimeri A. Gray
Lindheimer's morning-glory, Blue Morning Glory
Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)
USDA Symbol: IPLI
This species is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. In 1834 Lindheimer immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. In 1844 he settled in New Braunfels, Texas, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. In addition his name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. He is buried in New Braunfels. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Habitat: Ipomoea lindheimeri grows in rocky ground, especially in draws, ravines, and stream bottoms. It is found from the Edwards Plateau to the Trans-Pecos.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Ipomoea lindheimeri is a hardy, long-blooming twining vine that grows well under dry conditions. It has delicate, attractive lobed foliage with 2-3 wide sky-blue flowers with white centers that open in the morning and close before noon. The vine can be either low climbing or trailing.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0597 Collected May 13, 1991 in Medina County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0248 Collected June 24, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0222 Collected May 16, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0154 Collected May 17, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
BibliographyBibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ipomoea lindheimeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomoea lindheimeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ipomoea lindheimeri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-07-30
Research By: BJG