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Ipomoea leptophylla (Bush morning-glory)
Reveal, James L.

Ipomoea leptophylla

Ipomoea leptophylla Torr.

Bush Morning-glory

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)



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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: Green
Flower: Flowers 3 inches

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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.


Use Ornamental: Perennial garden
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Seed
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 79 - Wildflowers of New Mexico (2020) George Oxford Miller

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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