A PRETTY MORNING GLORY

Peeping through the short grass were some pretty magenta flowers.

Ipomoea oblongata1

They seem to be Ipomoea oblongata, also known as Turbina oblongata, and looked conspicuous in an otherwise rather drab-looking environment.

The flowers of this member of the morning glory family look almost too delicate to withstand the current heat and drought conditions, yet there were clumps of them along the path I was following. Pops of colour like this are uplifting and are a joy to see.

19 thoughts on “A PRETTY MORNING GLORY

  1. Lovely. Let’s see….it is fall in Australia? Do you live near the fires, then floods? We
    weep for our planet, with nay-sayers slowing down our efforts to reduce global warming…

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    • Hello Julie, I live in South Africa and so have been spared both the fires and floods. We are, however in the sixth year of an awful drought in my part of the country. So, weeping for our planet is in order. If only our prayers for rain would be answered.

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  2. A pretty pink to brighten the autumn landscape.
    We have a similar white perennial called ‘bindweed’ (Convolvulus) for the way its tendrils climb through and over plants. It has fleshy roots that go deep and are hard to dig out. At least Ipomoea is an summer annual here and is easier to control.

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    • Fortunately, this is an indigenous plant and so it is not regarded as a pest. There are some exotic, though beautiful, morning glory creepers (Ipomoea indica) which were introduced here for ornamental purposes and are now regarded as a pest in some parts of the country.

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    • The indigenous varieties here have flowers ranging from pink through to purple as well as a creamy white – all very pretty and mostly ground creeping in nature.

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  3. It is when I occasionally have to walk through some unkempt industrial district that is dry as a bone late summer, full of brown and gray weeds and parched grass, that I am most astounded by plants like this that are so full of life! They really are a blessing, the way they survive and shine.

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    • Your deer sound much like the herds of cattle that occasionally roam our suburbs chomping anything in sight, especially during the winter when there is less grass available than usual.

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