Download Seed: Seeds are covered with short brown hair. (67 KB)
Download Seedling: One month old seedling grown in research greenhouse at SDSU. (74 KB)
Download Vegetative: Leaves (4-10 cm long) have a short petiole. Plant compact bush to 1.5 m diameter. (96 KB)
Download Flowering: Twisted buds open into funnel-shaped flowers (29 KB)
Download Research Gardens: First seasons growth of seeds planted in research garden near Brookings, S.D. (138 KB)
Bushmorning glory, man root, man-of-the-earth
Ipomea leptophylla is a(n) perennial shrub-like, herbaceous, which grows 0.3 to 1.2 m in height. This species is commonly found sandy prairie, waste ground, roadsides, and stream banks in South Dakota to Texas, New Mexico, and Montana. Also found insandy, silty, gravelly places from Texas to central Montana. The leaves are linear, linear-lanceolate. Ipomea leptophylla has lavender-pink red-purple flowers that bloom from June to October.
Additional Notes: Tap root is very large and woody, with extremely large specimens approaching 100 kg.