Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for Oct 28th - Nov 8th, 2005
This is Ipomoea carnea ssp. fistulosa, or bush morning-glory.
While most morning-glories are vines, Ipomoea carnea ssp. fistulosa has a shrubby
habit reaching 7 feet in height. Although the pink flowers (left-side image) are attractive to bees,
butterflies, and birds, the woolly seed featured here (right-side image) creates a unique interest
after the flowers have faded. Bush morning-glory is native to Mexico and Central and South America but has
naturalized elsewhere near sea level. Bush morning-glory is hardy in USDA
Hardiness Zones 8B to 11. This very aggressive plant is banned in Florida and should not be planted below
Zone 7. You can view this Ipomoea carnea ssp. fistulosa in a container on the terrace of the
Administration Building Pool.