Ivyleaf morningglory Ipomoea hederacea (L.) Jacq.
Family: Convolvulaceae (Morningglory family)
Life cycle: Annual
Habitat: Crop fields, disturbed habitats
Native status: Introduced
General description: Twining, herbaceous vine with alternate, leaves with three deeply-divided lobes. First leaves sometimes are non-lobed. Light blue, pink to white, funnel-shaped flowers. Butterfly or saddle shaped cotyledons.
Key ID traits: Leaves have three deeply divided, rounded lobes. Stems and petioles are hairy.
Similar species: Tall morningglory has entire, heart-shaped leaves without the lobes. There are numerous other morningglory species in southern states.
Miscellaneous: Cultivated varieties of morningglory are usually Ipomoea purpurea (tall morningglory). Historically, mornningglories were a southern weed problem, but are becoming more of an issue in Iowa with climate change.