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Ipomoea lindheimeri (Lindheimer's morning-glory)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Ipomoea lindheimeri

Ipomoea lindheimeri A. Gray

Lindheimer's Morning-glory, Blue Morning Glory

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


From the Image Gallery

22 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems trailing to twining, up to about 6 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


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 Conditions

Light 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.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: No

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

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 0597 Collected May 13, 1991 in Medina County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0154 Collected May 17, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps

4 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-14
Research By: BJG

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