Ipomoea is a species of flower that is commonly known as morning glory. There are over 500 varieties of morning glory known to modern science. Some varieties of morning glory are considered weeds due to their fast growth and ability to shade out plants and grasses. This weed loves to climb and can also be found growing in trees and on buildings. Ipomoea can be found growing in warmer parts of the United States and much of Asia. Some forms of this plant have been used for both food and medical treatments. The seeds of morning glory can also be toxic if consumed in larger amounts.
Characteristics of Morning Glory
Most species of morning glory have large green leaves that are irregular in shape. The flowers are also large and come in many different colors. Morning glory plants get their name from blooming in the morning. Later in the day and at night the plants blooms close up. This plant grows like a vine and is easy to identify due to its fast growth. If left uncontrolled this vine plant can cover entire fields and areas of turf. Farmers have problems tilling this plant because it tends to wrap around farming equipment. This plant has also been a problem in some fruit orchards due to its climbing nature.
Morning Glory Lawn Care Control Methods
Controlling morning glory can be difficult, and often a professional lawn service company will need to be brought in. If the plant has spread to large areas of your property, it will need to be sprayed with ample amounts of herbicides. Pulling this weed is not a recommended form of weed control due to its extensive root system. Proper lawn maintenance is needed even after this weed has been treated because it tends to return.