Henry Broekhuyse (broekh at unixg.ubc.ca) wrote:
: I have a "moonflower" plant (about 2-3 months old) that is growing as bush
: and not a vine. I grew this plant from a seed - another plant from the same
: batch of seeds, planted at the same time, has grown into a climbing vine.
: Could anyone tell me the Latin binomial for this plant, and if this kind of
: variation is common for this species?
There are probably several other species that are "moonflowers" but
one group are _Ipomoea_ species, that is, night blooming
morningglories. (_Ipomoea alba_ _I. turbinata_, and at least 6 or
7 others). Many of these are sturdy enough plants to be self-supporting
for a while (=bushes), though basically they are climbers. Is your bush in
full sunlight? With _Ipomoea_ you should be able to induce climbing by
giving it something to climb or a pattern of shadows to which to
respond (that is, a bright spot to climb toward).
kkeeler at unlinfo.unl.edu