Moonflower - Tall Night Flowering - White (Ipomoea alba) White Tropical Morning Glory Moonflower Moon Vine Flower

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Moonflower - Tall Night Flowering - White (Ipomoea alba) White Tropical Morning Glory Moonflower Moon Vine Flower

Height 10 to 15 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide

Tall Night Flowering Moonflower is one of the most fragrant, stunningly beautiful and fast growing vines in the world. Moonflower, also known as tropical white morning glory, thorn apple or moon vine, is a member of the Solanaceae family - a species of night-blooming morning glory. Native to tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America, from Argentina to northern Mexico, Arizona, Florida and the West Indies.

Moonflower VS Datura:

The moonflower vs. datura debate is somewhat confusing. Some plants, like Datura, have a number of common names that often overlap. Datura is sometimes called moonflower, and this variety - also goes by 'moonflower'.  There are several species of Datura with many common names including moonflower, devil’s trumpet, devil’s weed, loco weed, and jimsonweed.

More Moonflower VS Datura Facts:

  1. Flowers on either plant can be white to lavender.
  2. Both plants look similar, but Datura (Datura stramonium) is much more poisonous.
  3. Datura flowers can bloom any time of day, while ipomoea flowers open up at dusk and bloom during the night; one reason they are called moonflowers.
  4. Datura has an unpleasant smell, while moonflower vine has sweet-scented blooms.
  5. Datura leaves are arrow-shaped; moonflower leaves are heart-shaped.
  6. Datura flowers are deeper trumpets than moonflower blooms.
  7. The seeds of Datura are covered in spiky burrs. 
  8. Ipomoea produces seeds that have a mild hallucinogenic effect but is otherwise safe, whereas every part of the Datura plant is toxic, and can be deadly to animals and humans if consumed in large amounts. In other words...DO NOT EAT Daturas!

This variety is the night blooming moonflower (moonflower vine - Ipomoea alba) and is related to the morning glory; it is a vigorous and easy to grow vine that can be planted to grow up through a tree, or on a trellis, fence, or architectural feature. Plants produce fragrant, large (5 to 6 in) ivory white blooms that are especially sweet smelling and aromatic from dusk throughout the evening - the blooms are sensitive to small changes in light and open for nocturnal night-flying insects, such as the incredible hawkmoth, that will pollinate them. 

  • Full sun
  • Prefers rich moist soil
  • Recommended to be sown outside after the lsat frost. 
  • OR in colder climates: start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost; plant 2  or 3 seeds ½ in deep and cover seed lightly. Keep soil moist and transplant to pots once there are 2 sets of true leaves. Harden seedlings off gradually and after all risk of frost has passed and temperatures are warmer, plant outdoors (or in larger pots)
  • Germinates in 14 to 21 days
  • Spacing: 24 to 36 in.
  • Young plants will require early staking or a trellis as they will grow rapidly
  • Seed count: 10