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Red Star Glory (Ipomoea hederifolia)

May 7, 2012

Red Star Glory is an annual twining plant with bright scarlet flowers found in the Western Ghats of India that appears as the monsoon trails off. Its scientific name is Ipomoea hederifolia but it is also known by the names Scarlet creeper, Scarlet Morning Glory and Star Ipomea. The plant grows vigorously to a height of 10 ft. with elongated heart shaped leaves with pointed tips.

The red, trumpet shaped flowers reach up to 1.25 inch long and 3-4 inch wide, fruiting into round, seeded capsule 8mm in diameter. Butterflies, hummingbirds and other nectar eaters simply adore this flower and they are all over it from mid summer onwards. In Kerala the flowers bloom from October-December. Ipomoea is used as an ornamental in gardens around the world.

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