Ivyleaf Morningglory: Ipomoea hederacea
Fruit: A brown spherical capsule (3-locular) that contains 4-6 seeds.
Flowers: Long (1-2 inches), with petals that are fused into a funnel, and purple to blue or white in color. The bases of the flowers are densely hairy.
Identifying Characteristics: Distinctive purple to blue or white flowers, 3-lobed leaves, and leaves, stems, and petioles with hairs that stick straight out. The characteristic leaves of ivyleaf morningglory help to distinguish it from all of the other morningglories at the 'mature' stage of growth. However, identification of morningglories at the cotyledon stage of growth is much more difficult, and often more important. The cotyledons of ivyleaf morningglory most closely resemble those of Entireleaf Morningglory (Ipomoea hederacea var. integriuscula) and Tall Morningglory (Ipomoea purpurea). However, the cotyledons of tall morningglory are usually more square in outline when compared to the cotyledons of both ivyleaf and entireleaf morningglory. The cotyledons of both ivyleaf and entireleaf morningglory are nearly identical and usually cannot be distinguished until the second true leaf emerges.