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Ipomoea bolusiana


Scientific Name

Ipomoea bolusiana Schinz


Ipomoea angustisecta, Ipomoea mesenterioides, Ipomoea praetermissa, Ipomoea rubro-viridis, Ipomoea simplex

Scientific Classification

Family: Convolvulaceae
Tribe: Ipomoeeae
Genus: Ipomoea


Ipomoea bolusiana is a dwarf, perennial shrub, growing form a thick, tuberous rootstock up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. It has one or several stems. They are erect or prostrate, hairless, slender and woody at the base. The leaves are narrow, widely spaced, green and up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long. The flowers are funnel-shaped, borne near base of the stem, mauve or magenta-pink, darker in the centers and up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long.

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USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most species have spectacular, colorful flowers and are often grown as ornamentals and a number of cultivars have been developed. In the garden, Ipomoeas need full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Provide shelter from wind. Prune climbing species in spring. Under glass, provide full light with protection from the hottest sun. Water freely and fertilize monthly during the growing season, but water sparingly in winter. Climbers and trailing species need support.

Chip seeds with a knife, scrape with sandpaper or soak in water for 24 hours before sowing at 64 °F (18 °C) in spring. Root softwood cuttings of perennials or shrubs in spring or summer, or take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

White blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, stem rot, thread blight, charcoal rot and wilt can occur.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Ipomoea.


Ipomoea bolusiana is native to Madagascar and South Africa.


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