Etymology: Ipomoea: from Greek ips, "a worm," and homoios, "like," thus "like a worm," referring to the twining habit of the plant's growth
Plants: twining annual, up to 15' long, herbaceous vine with hairy stems
Leaves: almost always un-lobed and rounded, leaf stalk about the same length as the flower stalk
Flowers: blue to purple, 5-parted, 1 1/2"-2 1/3" long, funnel-shaped; blooms June-Sept.
Habitat: disturbed areas
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACU- Invasive And Exotic Species of North America: Descriptions, management issues, warnings, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"