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Ipomoea pes-caprae (Railroad vine)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Ipomoea pes-caprae

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

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)

USDA Symbol: ippe

USDA Native Status:

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.


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

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1058 Collected 2007-06-30 in Cameron County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ipomoea pes-caprae in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomoea pes-caprae in the Flora of North America (if available)
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Record Modified: 2008-07-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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