ivyleaf morningglory plant

Ivyleaf morningglory – Ipomoea hederacea

Ipomoea hederacea (L.) Jacq.

Convolvulaceae (Morningglory family)

MI Status


Life cycle

Twining summer annual vine.


Cotyledons are butterfly-shaped and usually narrower at the base. Leaves are alternate with erect hairs on both surfaces. The first leaf may be unlobed; all other leaves are three-lobed and ivy-shaped.


Densely hairy, climbing or trailing, twining vines up to 6 feet or more in length.

Flowers and fruit

Blue to purple or white petals fused into a funnel shape. Fruit are egg-shaped capsules containing dull gray, brown or black seeds with one round and two flattened surfaces.



Similar weeds

Entireleaf morningglory
(I. hederacea var. integriuscula Gray)
Differs only from ivyleaf morningglory byhaving heart-shaped leaves. Leaf hairs
are erect on both surfaces.
Pitted morningglory (I. lacunosa L.)
Differs by having V-shaped cotyledons and heart-shaped leaves with no to few hairs.
Tall morningglory [I. purpurea (L.) Roth]
Differs by having butterfly-shaped cotyledons with tip and base similar in width and heart-shaped leaves with dense hairs that lie flat.

Ivyleaf morningglory flowers
Ivyleaf morningglory leaf
Ivyleaf morningglory leaf
Ivyleaf morningglory seedling
Ivyleaf morningglory seedling
Erect hairs on ivyleaf morningglory leaf
Erect hairs on ivyleaf morningglory leaf

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