Cypressvine Plant Information

Cypressvine grows in the following 22 states:

District Of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

It is an annual or perennial, herbaceous, twining vine growing to 1-3 m tall. The leaves are 2-9cm long, deeply lobed (nearly pinnate), with 9-19 lobes on each side of the leaf. The flowers are 3-4cm long and 2cm in diameter, trumpet-shaped with five points, and can be red, pink or white. It flowers in summer and fall.Ipomoea quamoclit (cypress vine, cypressvine morning glory, cardinal creeper, cardinal vine, star glory or hummingbird vine) is a species of Ipomoea morning glory native to tropical regions of the New World from northern South America north to Mexico. In southern India, it is called mayil manikkam in Tamil: . In Malayalam, it is called kamulla. In Assamese it is known as Kunjalata (). In Bangladesh, it is called Tarulata, Kamalata, Kunjalata, Getphul.

It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics, and also outside of tropical regions, where it is grown as an annual plant only, not surviving temperate zone winters. In some tropical areas, it has become naturalized.
Seedlings must always be kept moist. They require full sun for good growth. This vine is one of the best plants for attracting hummingbirds, and is a vigorous grower. In warmer climates, this plant can be extremely invasive.
Ipomoea multifida is a hybrid between I. quamoclit and the cypress vine (I. hederifolia). The allotetraploid of this hybrid is Ipomoea sloteri. Both are known as cardinal climber.

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