Sonoran Desert Morning Glories

Mostly annual vines. A few perennial vines and a few herbs with no vining habit. Flowers long funnel-shaped; fruit with four seeds. Several species in the Sonoran Desert; just two shown here so far.

Morning Glory

Ipomoea hederaceae

Trans Pecos Morning Glory

Ipomoea cristulata

Widely cultivated varieties and others important weeds in mostly agricultural and urban habitats where there is an abundance of water. Detailed Description

Herbaceous, twining vine with three-lobed, heart-shaped leaves and bright red tubular flowers. Eastern portions of the Sonoran Desert.   Detailed Description

Field Bindweed

Convolvulus arvensis

Canyon Morning-glory

Ipomoea barbatisepala

Twinning vine with smallish white or pink flowers. Frequent weed in agricultural field and gardens. Late spring and summer bloomer occasionally in Upland Sonoran Desert. Blooms May thru Oct.   Detailed Description

Twinning vine with blue to pinkish flowers. Usually with deeply cleft leaves. Stiff hairs with swollen bases on sepals. Blooms after summer rains in canyons.   Detailed Description

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Pringle's Cluster-vine

Jacquemontia pringlei

Paiute False Bindweed

Calystegia longipes

Stems grow over ground and don't twine or climb. Silky white or pale flowers.   Detailed Description

Only weakly vining, often shrub-like. Whitish flowers tinged pink or lavender. Found in chaparral habitat and occasionally in Upland Sonoran Desert. Blooms May thru Oct.   Detailed Description

Dwarf Morning-glory

Evolvulus arizonicus

Bigseed Cuscuta

Cuscuta indecora

Sky-blue, dime-sized flowers an small, mostly herbaceous plant usu. less than 30 cm across and high. Eastern portions of Sonoran Desert at higher elevations.   Detailed Description

Parasitic vine without green chlorophyl. Orange-yellow stems with attachments into host. Flowers small, white and with fleshy petals.   Detailed Description

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