Ipomoea barbatisepala – Canyon Morning-glory

Ipomoea barbatisepala - Canyon Morning-glory, Canyon Morning Glory

Ipomoea barbatisepala - Canyon Morning-glory, Canyon Morning Glory

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Ipomoea barbatisepala

Common Names: Canyon Morning-glory, Canyon Morning Glory

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual

Growth Habit: Vine, Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland. It grows on rocky slopes and in rocky canyons.

Flower Color: Blue to pinkish purple, White

Flowering Season: Summer (late), Fall (early). This wildflower blooms after the summer monsoon rains.

Height: Twining to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall

Description: The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon. The flowers have a white to yellow throat and are tubular, 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, and cupped by long, linear, green sepals with stiff, straight, white hairs. The leaves are hairless and have 5 to 7 slender, palmate lobes. The stems are slender, twining, and hairless.

The similar Ivyleaf Morning-glory (Ipomoea hederacea) has hairy leaves and stems, leaves with broader lobes, and larger, rounder flowers.

Special Characteristics

Legal StatusArizona State-listed Noxious Weed (Prohibited Noxious Weed)


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae – Morning-glory family
Genus: Ipomoea L. – morning-glory
Species: Ipomoea barbatisepala A. Gray – canyon morning-glory

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map