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Ipomoea cristulata (Transpecos morning-glory)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Ipomoea cristulata

Ipomoea cristulata Hallier f.

Transpecos Morning-glory, Scarlet Creeper, Trans-Pecos Morning Glory

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A leafy vine with scarlet, trumpet-shaped flowers.

This plant is very similar to the cultivated Small Red Morning Glory (I. coccinea), a southeastern species sometimes found in waste places in the Southwest. The large, tropical genus Ipomoea includes vines, shrubs, and trees.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Vine
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems twining, up to about 3 feet long, sometimes longer.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , IA , KS , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Arizona east to western Texas and south to Mexico.
Native Habitat: Brushy hillsides and canyons.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-PM-15 Collected 2006-10-22 in Jeff Davis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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

Web Reference

Webref 75 - Southwest Desert Flora (2020) Southwest Desert Flora
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 11 - Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness (2012) Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences & the Dale A. Zimmerman Herbarium

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ipomoea cristulata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomoea cristulata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ipomoea cristulata


Record Modified: 2023-03-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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