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Ipomoea leptophylla Torr.
Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)
USDA Symbol: IPLE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Several stems arch as they lengthen, forming a bushy clump 1 1/2 - 3 ft. tall. Large, lavender, funnel-shaped flowers with darker throats, occur on stalks from the axils of delicate, linear leaves. Smooth, erect, leafy stems, sometimes leaning on ground at base, forming a large roundish plant bearing flowers with pinkish-lavender or purplish-red, funnel-shaped corollas with darker centers in upper leaf axils.
This beautiful wildflower is representative of several species of Ipomoea that, unlike garden morning glories, are not vines.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Flower: Flowers 3 inches
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CO , KS , MT , NE , NM , OK , SD , TX , WY
Native Distribution: SD to CO & s.c. MT, s. to OK & NM
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Roadsides, Dunes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Tuber makes plant drought-tolerant but difficult to transplant.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial garden
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 79 - Wildflowers of New Mexico (2020) George Oxford Miller
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ipomoea leptophylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ipomoea leptophylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ipomoea leptophylla
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff