Ivyleaf morningglory

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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.

Miscellaneaous:  Cultivated varieties of morningglory are usually Ipomoea purpurea (tall morninglory).  Historically, mornningglories were a southern weed problem, but are becoming more of an issue in Iowa with climate change.

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funnelform flowers range from pink to blue to purple
Funnelform flowers range from pink to blue to purple

seedlings have lobed cotyledons, first leaf or two often are unlobed
Seedlings have lobed cotyledons, first leaf or two often are unlobed

three-lobed leaves of ivyleaf morningglory
Three-lobed leaves of ivyleaf morningglory

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