'Moonflower vine' is a plant in the Ipomoea genus with a scientific name of Ipomoea alba. The botanical name epithet for Moonflower vine (alba) means 'white coloured'.
Fragrant white nightbloomer…4"-6" white flowers.
Flowers close up at noon.
Short lived, few years only.
Natural habitat is wet tropical forests and watercourses.
Potential to be weed in USA and Australia.
Young leaves, fleshy calyces and seeds can be cooked.
Moonflower vine is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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Dilute liquid fertilizer during growing period, but keep drier in winter.
At least 6 hours of sunlight a day for flowering.
In frosty areas, cut off tops in autumn and cover roots with mulch.
In really cold areas, give up and grow them as annuals.
Cut a notch in the seed with a file, or soak for several hours in sulfuric acid or overnight in warm water.
Sow in autumn if winters are mild (then you don’t have to worry about seed pre-treatment), otherwise in spring.
Plant 5-7 well-rooted seedlings in a 8-12" pot.
Water only moderately until pot is filled with roots.
Crowding is thought to improve flowering.
Help 1"-2"- seedlings to twine around trellis, etc.
Can also be grown from cuttings, layering, root division, tubers on stems.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Moonflower vine so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Moonflower vine so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Moonflower vine plants:
Can be used to treat snakebite.
Giant white moonflower moonflower, Moon vine, Tropical white morning glory
Calonyction album, Calonyction aculeatum, Calonyction bona-nox, Ipomoea noctiflora, Calonyction pulcherrimum
15 Sep 2012
An amazing, intriguing, beautiful, long lasting, but slow blooming climber! Both this one, and the 2nd planting have done splendid, taking over and hardened off quickly in their new home, covering their space thoroughly!