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.
It has lovely feathery foliage and tiny, bright red flowers, and loves to twine itself up any kind of support.
See it doing just that on the woven-stick structure just to the right of the entrance of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory.
Although it comes from the tropics, it is perfectly happy here in our warm summers and grows easily from seed sown in the spring.