Botanical Name: Ipomoea lobata
Native: Mexico, South America
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and warmer, usually grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 10’–20′ vine
Variety Information: Flower stems up to 12″ long with the last 6″ covered with 1½”–2″ crimson flowers that change to orange and yellow, fading to white as they age.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost. Plants started too early outside will end up less vigorous than plants started when temperatures are warmer.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be transplanted directly in the ground.
Days to Emerge: 5–15 days
Seed Depth: ½”
Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 6″–12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 6″–12″