Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Moonflower blooms

The first blooms on our moonflower plants appeared a couple days ago. Nightly from now until the end of summer, Ipomoea alba opens one or two blooms around sunset in a matter of minutes. The large, white flowers attract night-flying moths for pollination. The flowers die off in the next morning's sun. The plants grow and spread quickly, but are easily controlled, thankfully, due to their shallow roots. 

3 comments:

meryl's musings said...

Checked out your site after seeing a post on Crafty Synergy's site. Nice site. I spoted your article about moonflowers and thought you might enjoy a post I did a while back with a video of a moonflower in time lapsed filming. Here's the link or go to my site and look for Morning Glories and Snapdragons. :)
http://merylsmusings.blogspot.com/2008/06/morning-glories-and-snapdragons.html

the garden harlot said...

ah, thank you ! it looks as though you've abandoned this place for a while, but hopefully you'll come back soon !

i had been wondering what this flower was for months, and i finally discovered it on your blog. moonflower ! now i know. thank you for the identification help !

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