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Annuals: Ipomoea alba

Botanical name: Ipomoea alba

Common name: moonflower

also known as (bona nox, moon creeper, goodnight, Calonyction aculeatum, Ipomoea bona-nox, belle de nuit)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Annuals: Ipomoea alba
Annuals: Ipomoea alba
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 10a thru 11a

poisonous, climber, butterfly attracting, hummingbird attracting, bee attracting

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No romantic evening garden would be complete without the luminous, iridescent huge trumpets of white moonflower, the fragrant Southern belle of climbing vines. These vigorous vines with their large, bright green heart shaped leaves make a dense canopy that will cloak a fence or sturdy trellis. At dusk, the opalescent buds unfurl in slow motion while you watch, releasing their haunting perfume as they swirl and flare wide open to show delicate throats creased with a creamy star. To speed germination, nick the edge of each seed with a nail clipper, or soak for no longer than 8 hours in tepid water. Plant immediately after soaking. Erect, well-anchored supports at least 8 feet tall at planting time; strong netting, a wood or wire fence, or a sturdy trellis serve well to hold these vigorous climbers. Moonflowers need a long warm growing season. Combine with dawn-blooming morning glories for a spectacular late summer display both night and day. – edited by dtd pbcouchman


Ipomoea alba is native throughout the tropics.

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