The flowers of the beach morning-glory open late in the evening and are at their best in the early morning.
If your lucky enough to live along our Gulf Coast and are looking for something that will withstand those conditions, consider Railroad vine. Ipomoea pes-caprae is a show off all year-long and attracts beach butterflies. Not only beautiful, Railroad vine is a work horse, stabilizing dunes and waterfront landscapes.
Before deciding on Ipomoea pes-caprae, consider your space. It’s a low growing vine but the runners are long and can reach out to 100′.
If you don’t have the opportunity to enjoy them in your own landscape, get out to our beaches and take in all our wonderful coast has to offer.
Railroad vine; goat’s-foot vine;
Synonyms (Discarded Names): Convolvus pes-caprae; Ipomoea biloba
Origin: Beaches and dunes. Georgia, south along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts throughout peninsular Florida. West along the coast to Texas
U.S.D.A. Zone: 9–11; 20°F minimum
Growth Rate: Fast
Flowering Months: All year, peaking in May through November
Leaf Persistence: Evergreen
Salt Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil: Wide range but well-drained
Nutritional Requirements: Low
Major Problems: None
Plant Type: Perennial vine
Typical Dimensions: 16 in. high with a spread of 30 ft. or more
Propagation: Cuttings, seeds
Human Hazards: None
Uses: Dune stabilizer, groundcover, beach pathways, along sea-wall
Similar and related species: At least a dozen native morning glories occur in Florida, as well as many non-native species. Beach morning-glory (Ipomoea imperati), with white flowers is also used in landscaping.
Florida Best Native Landscape Plants by Gil Nelson: Publisher: University Press of Florida.