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Common name:White moonflower
Scientific name:Ipomoea indica (Convolvulaceae)
Alternative common names:
Perennial morning glory; cock plant (English); Meerjarige purperwinde (Afrikaans); ibhoqo; ijalamu; ubatata wentaba (isiZulu); imotyikatsana (isiXhosa).
A herbaceous twining perennial with hairy stems up to 3m or more. Bright green, sparsely hairy, heart-shaped leaves. Purplish-blue, reddish, magenta or white funnel-shaped flowers, sometimes with contrasting stripes appear from November to May.
Where does this species come from?West Indies.
What is its invasive status in South Africa?CARA 2002 – Category 1 in Limpopo, KZN, Mpumalanga, and Category 2 rest of South Africa NEMBA – Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.
How does it spread?Spreads by small seeds.
Why is it a problem?It forms dense perennial growth that overtops and smothers other species.
What does it look like?General description: Herbaceous perennial twiner with hairy stems growing to 3 m or more. Leaves: Bright green, sparsely hairy, oval to heart-shaped leaves 40-150 mm long. Flowers: Purplish-blue, reddish, magenta or white, sometimes with contrasting stripes, funnel-shaped, with flattened hairs at base. Flowers mainly during November-May, but throughout the year in tropical climates. Fruit/Seeds: Produces small capsules.
Does the plant have any uses?Used as an ornamental plant.
Plant me instead alternatives
Indigenous morning glories or large flowered Clematis.