Morning Glory, Bindweed, Ipomoea, Calystegia, Argyreia nervosa
Morning Glory is a common name for over 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family Convolvulaceae. Found this perennial climbing vine growing wildly at the beaches of Batangas. Most Morning Glory flowers unravel into full bloom in the early morning. The flowers usually start to fade a few hours before the petals start showing visible curling. They prefer full sun exposure throughout the day in an environment with well-balanced supply of moisture.
Morning Glory was first known in China for its medicinal uses, due to the laxative properties of its seeds. Ancient Mesoamerican civilizations used the morning glory species Ipomoea alba to convert the latex from the Castilla elastica tree and also the guayule plant to produce bouncing rubber balls. The sulfur in morning glory's juice served to vulcanize the rubber, a process predating Charles Goodyear's discovery by at least 3,000 years. Aztec priests in Mexico were also known to use the plants hallucinogenic properties. The seeds of morning glory can produce a similar effect to LSD when taken in large doses.
Linking to Floral Friday Fotos and Today's Flower
The morning glories aren't blooming here quite yet. The vines cover just about everything and are very frustrating, then the pretty flowers appear as if to say, "you can't be angry with me, can you?" *sigh*
My neighbor had morning glories when I was a little girl :)
hi Luna,this is Ipomoea pes-caprae, or beach morning glory. I've seen it not only in our beaches but also growing more luxuriantly in other hot beaches as in Dubai. I even thought that it can be put to good use!
The plant Morning Glory is used in Ayurveda medicine too. There is a dark blue variety which is common here. It is called the Blue Dawn flower.
though they can be troublesome plants, they are most attractive
Great pictures you show of some beautiful flowers.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk
They are beautiful.
These are lovely Miranda. The pink form is lovely - we mainly see the bright blue flowering form here in Australia.
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The morning glory is lovely.
Love the color! It grows well here.
Morning Glory is a good name. I think everybody likes that flower.
I liked that strange looking flower you have on TF::) It looks like berries but I guess it is not.
Terrific shots of a beautiful flower.
Lindas!Amei!!! Acho que tenho uma dessas começando a florescer aqui!
Oh so that's what it's called! Haha! TF is featuring you today with MickeyM. Cool idea for our hot weather ;-)
That is lot of interesting info. I have them blooming in my garden. :)
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