Native Morning-glory Matthew Grey

Native Morning-glory

Its genus name Ipomoea is from the Greek 'ips' or 'ipos', a worm that eats horn and wood, and probably refers to the long slender stems. Also known as Poison Morning Glory referring to its toxicity and the morning opening of the showy flowers, followed by their closing in the afternoon.

Sprawling perennial ground cover, up to 3 m wide, with twining stems.


Heart shaped dark green leaves are up to 4 cm long and 2 - 3 cm wide.


Lilac or pink flowers have a darker throat and are shaped like a funnel or trumpet. Flowers are up to 4 cm long and 5 cm in diameter.

Field Guide

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What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower

  • Full flowering (record all days)

  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)

  • Not flowering

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When and Where

When To Look

  • March to December

Where To Look

  • Extends from Carnarvon in Western Australia east to the desert and north-east to the Kimberley and Northern Territory
  • Look in alluvial loam or gravelly soils in shrub and steppe country
  • Also look along river courses
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What Else?

Toxic to stock and has caused heavy sheep losses in Western Australia.

Similar Species

Related to the Bush Potato (Ipomoea costata), a twining shrub up to about 2 m tall which grows in rocky outcrops near Dampier and further inland.