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Plant of the Week: Ipomoea quamaclit (Cypress Vine)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.

A charming species of morning glory, Ipomoea quamaclit (cypress vine) is native to South and Central America.

cypress-vine-for-web

It has lovely feathery foliage and tiny, bright red flowers, and loves to twine itself up any kind of support.

close-up

See it doing just that on the woven-stick structure just to the right of the entrance of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory.

in-situ

Although it comes from the tropics, it is perfectly happy here in our warm summers and grows easily from seed sown in the spring.

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