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Ipomoea leptophylla - Torr.
Common Name Bush Moon Flower
Family Convolvulaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Plains and dry banks, especially on sandy shores[85].
Range Southern N. America - South Dakota to Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun


Ipomoea leptophylla Bush Moon Flower

Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, United States
Ipomoea leptophylla Bush Moon Flower
Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, United States
Physical Characteristics
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Ipomoea leptophylla is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.


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Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked. Crisp, sweet and tender[2, 46, 61, 85]. Some reports suggest that the root is not very nice and was only used when nothing else was available, this is probably because old roots were tried[85, 257]. Roots should be no more than 3 years old, preferably only 2[85]. The roots can be up to 1.2 metres long[2] and weigh 11 kilos[235]. This report almost certainly refers to roots older than 3 years[K].
Medicinal Uses

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Cardiac;  Miscellany;  Salve;  Stomachic.

This plant was used as a cardiac stimulant by some native North American Indian tribes[213]. An infusion of the staminate cones has been used as a stomach tonic[257]. The root has been scraped and eaten raw as a treatment for stomach troubles[257]. The pulverized root has been dusted onto the body as a dressing to ease pain[257].
Other Uses

Some native North American Indian tribes would use the root to store fire in the days before matches. They would start a fire in the root, wrap it up and hang it outside. It was said that the fire would keep for seven months[257].
Cultivation details
Requires a rich well-drained soil in a warm sunny position[1]. Requires greenhouse protection in Britain[1]. A plant survived 2 winters outdoors in a pot in Cornwall before succumbing to a very wet and cold winter[K]. This does suggest that the plant is hardy enough to survive outdoors at least in the milder parts of Britain[K]. A climbing plant, supporting itself by twining around the branches of other plants[219].
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water, or scarify the seed, and sow in individual pots in a greenhouse in early spring. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 weeks at 22°c. Plants are extremely resentful of root disturbance, even when they are quite small, and should be potted up almost as soon as they germinate[219]. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter then plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of side shoots in a peaty soil. Layering.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Ipomoea albaMoonflower, Tropical white morning-glory21
Ipomoea aquaticaSwamp Morning Glory42
Ipomoea batatasSweet Potato, Black Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine50
Ipomoea jalapaJalap03
Ipomoea nilJapanese Morning Glory, Whiteedge morning-glory02
Ipomoea pandurataWild Potato Vine, Man of the earth32
Ipomoea purpureaCommon Morning Glory, Tall morning-glory02
Ipomoea sagittataSaltmarsh Morning Glory, Saltmarsh morning-glory01
Ipomoea tricolorMorning Glory, Grannyvine01
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Elizabeth H.
JOHN DOHMAN Fri Oct 22 03:19:55 2004
Elizabeth H.
Fri Mar 10 2006
I think your zone information may be too conservative for this species. It is native to the nebraska sandhills, for instance and is in zone 4 there.
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