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Ipomoea lacunosa

Ipomoea lacunosa
whitestar; pitted morning glory
Ipomoea lacunosa
A closer look inside the flowers reveals purplish anthers, consistent with I. lacunosa

Common name whitestar; pitted morning glory
Family convolvulaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers white (late summer)
Size vine

I don't know where this vine came from - I don't recollect sowing anything that resembles this, but my memory has failed me before. More likely though, this is a wildflower. With the help of an expert on Ipomoea, I identified the species as Ipomoea lacunosa. I was initially skeptical, because although the flower certainly looks similar, the leaves of that species don't usually take the shape seen on my plant. But further detective work involving the seedhead (whose sepals are all of about the same length) and the shape of the seeds confirmed the species. I'm hoping this doesn't turn into a weed, like the bindweed species I attempt in vain to eradicate from various garden areas. It certainly grows quickly it covered the Thalictrum lucidum in the photo above in record time.

whitestar; pitted morning glory
Soft-hairy seedcase, just before it ripens to a smooth brown state.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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