IPOMOEA ALBA – GIANT MOONFLOWER VINE
The Giant Moonflower is a vigorous twining vine that is fast growing in hot weather. It originates from American tropics and is a relative of the Morning Glory has similar heart shaped leaves that are a rich green and 100 -200 mm long and provide a nice backdrop for the spectacular Moonflowers. It is also known as the Evening Glory because its buds open in late afternoon and last only until day light transforms them into a limp mass. It is a perennial but because of its popularity is used as an annual in colder areas.
The Giant Moonflower buds are 100mm long and the flowers are a spectacular 150 – 200mm in diameter and are fluted funnels of pure white with a touch on yellow in the quilting. The flowers are delightfully fragrant in the warm summer nights.
It prefers full to part sun and likes well drained moisture retentive soils but is not too fussy and can stand short dry spells and is conducive to coastal planting. It can be deciduous in colder areas.
The Giant Moonflower can grow to 15 metres x 15 metres if allowed but to be appreciated for its fragrance and flowers is best kept lower say on a pergola or arbour etc.
It can be pruned as required for control or shaping
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