Also known as cotton morning glory, this funnel-shaped flower is orchid pink with a deep purple center, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inches across and about the same length. It is native to the southeastern United States, Mexico, and South America. The flower has obvious lines that divide it into 5 sections, and within each of these sections is a lighter purple triangle, the 5 forming a star within the flower. Highly attractive to bees and butterflies. It adds soft mass and a touch of magic to any alley fence, native edge, or woodland garden. It has 2 kinds of leaves: one divided into 3 sections, the other undivided; and the leaf stems are as long as the leaves. This attractive morning glory has trailing stems that grow to 15 feet long or more and can be used a ground cover. Needs room. Perennial zones 7+.
Other Names: Tievine, Sharp-pod Morning Glory, Purple Bindweed, Tie Vine, Convolvulus carolinus, Ipomoea carolina, Ipomoea caroliniana, Ipomoea trichocarpa, Ipomoea cordatotriloba var. cordatotriloba, Coastal Morning-Glory.