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Ipomoea lobata

Ipomoea lobata
firecracker vine; Spanish flag

Synonym(s) Mina lobata
Common name firecracker vine; Spanish flag
Family convolvulaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8)
Flowers red (summer)
Size to 8'
Light sun
From seed germinate warm
detailed seed-starting info below

I've always heard this referred to as Mina lobata, but I guess taxonomists know better. At any rate, despite several attempts to grow this tropical climber, the flowers have always escaped me. A common fate of annual and tender perennial vines in our garden, for some reason. But this year, success at last! The plant we set at the bottom of the maple tree alongside our bog filter refused to grow into the maple, instead sprawling all over, but at least it thrived and bloomed.

Ipomoea lobata
By early October, it was taking over the maple tree

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 75F (100%G, 3d)
  2. Seed from HPS/MAG '08/'09 exchange. Scarified with sandpaper, baggy 75F (100%G, 3-11d)

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