Ipomoea coccinea L. - Red Morning Glory
Family - Convolvulaceae
Note the reflexed pedicels.
Flowering - July - November.
Habitat - Cultivated fields, roadsides, railroads, old fields, waste places, disturbed sites.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This weedy but attractive species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its trailing stems, cordate leaves, brilliant red flowers, and reflexed fruiting pedicels. Another species, I. hederifolia L., is similar but has typically three-lobed leaves and fruiting pedicels that stand erect. The calyx of this latter species is also smaller than in I. coccinea.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 10, Lee County, AL., 8-27-04.