Thanks to Dr. Eiji Nitasaka for giving the seeds from the national collection housed at Kyushu University, Fukuoka City, Japan. I admired this Ipomoea purpurea from the point its first leaf unfurled, however the flowers proved to be truly exciting. Never have I seen such color in a purpurea flower as what appeared on this plant, Kyushu University code Q1154.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This is one of Ron_CONVOLVULACEA's collection, Ipomoea purpurea. The plant exhibited tri-lobed leaves for the summer and into fall, but most recently is showing mainly cordate leaves, perhaps due to lowered environmental temperature where I am growing the plant in my basement under artificial lights.
This strain of Ipomoea purpurea is one from Ron_CONVOLVULACEA's collection, originally collected in Mexico. The blue and red colors are quite striking on this plant's flowers. Not from Japan, but I could not resist sharing it here.