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Ipomoea sloteri

Ipomoea sloteri
cardinal climber

Synonym(s) Quamoclit sloteri
Common name cardinal climber
Family convolvulaceae
Life cycle annual vine
Flowers red (summer)
Light sun
From seed Scarify, soak, germinate with bottom heat.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly October

Yet another morning glory relative with bright red tubular flowers - others we've grown before include Ipomoea coccinea and Ipomoea quamoclit. This one has foliage intermediate between the entire leaves of the former and the extremely frilly leaves of the latter – which makes it probably my favorite of the three. Like the others, cardinal climber's flowers last just one day, fading into a crinkly rolled-up trumpet tube that reminds me of something Dr Seuss might have drawn. The ones shown in the photos on this page were growing up into our dwarf apple tree – a nice way for them to strut their stuff.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Scarified with sandpaper, soak 1d. Baggy 75F (100%G, 2-4d)
  2. Seed from '07 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (100%G, 2d)
  3. Seed from '07 garden. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (100%G, 1-3d)

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