Invasive or Inviting: The Wild Morning Glory

By Larry Kocian. Adopted from a Facebook post on Milam County Veggie and Plant Exchange, September 22, 2019.

Free from nature, these vines (also known as tie vine —Impomoea cordatotriloba) make an appearance in late spring, early summer. In mid- to late summer and into autumn, they are showy with their purple/lavender colors.

Tie vine is just as pretty as hybrid morning glories, just with smaller blossoms.

Some people say invasive. I say not, because they are easily controlled by going into the garden and removing/sculpting them. I let mine climb, and they do climb into the mimosa trees. I do control some when they wrap in the wrong place or too much on a particular plant/tree.

My point is that most natural occurring plants that are labeled invasive are not at all. I always encourage everyone who reads this to go outside and get to know your garden. It’s very therapeutic.

Color in a dry summer

My reason for this post is to show you how the pollinators need this and many other wild blooms. Bees and hummingbirds feed on these early-morning blooms.

The photo below shows holes in the bloom. Hummingbirds this morning were feeding on all the morning glory blossoms. The hummingbird put two holes in the flower with its wings. It grabbed my attention when I heard noises as their wings hit the blooms. Finding this pattern on a bloom may indicate to you that you had a hummingbird visiting your garden.

Notice the next photo and find the pollen on the left side of the flower. Bees 🐝 already have been here, dropping a little pollen as they left with their load.

This flower has had a visitor!

The other photos shows how the morning glory can add the much-sought-out color to your garden display.

2 thoughts on “Invasive or Inviting: The Wild Morning Glory”

  1. Reblogged this on The Hermits' Rest and commented:

    We have so many wild morning glories, or tie vines, around the ranch. I’m sharing this article by a friend, because it has a fascinating photo of a flower with damage from the wings of a hummingbird. That is just so cool!


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