Railroad vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae)

The flowers of the beach morning-glory open late in the evening and are at their best in the early morning.

Railroad vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae)

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.

Ipomoea pes-caprae

Family: Convolvulaceae

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.

References:

University of Florida IFAS Extension

Florida Best Native Landscape Plants by Gil Nelson:  Publisher: University Press of Florida.

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