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, 3'-6' long, herbaceous vine with hairy stems
Leaves: usually shallowly 3-lobed, leaf stalk shorter than the flower stalk
Flowers: blue to purple, 5-parted, 1 1/4"-2" long, funnel-shaped, sepals often unequal; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: disturbed areas
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FAC 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 Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key