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IPM1021, New December 2003

Vine Weeds of Missouri

Morningglory, bigroot (Ipomoea pandurata)

Morningglory, bigroot

Growth habit

  • Perennial

Other names

  • Wild potato vine
  • Man-of-the-earth


  • Native

Control classification

  • Difficult


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Morningglory, bigroot
 Bigroot morningglory is the only perennial species of morningglory that occurs in Missouri.

It regenerates new growth from a large underground tuber. It is distinguished by its tubular, white flowers with red centers. Like the annual morningglories, its leaves are alternate and heart - shaped but are larger and more robust. Its stems, in the lower portions of the plant, can become woody with age. Seeds are flattened and are surrounded by a fringe of hairs that aid in their dispersal.

Morningglory, bigroot

Wild thing

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