Scientific Name:
Ipomoea spp
indolizidine alkaloids elymoclavine
Flower Color:
ornamental, gardens, fencelines, fields

Geographical Distribution

Morning glory distribution - United States

Morning Glory

Ipomoea spp

Cypress vine, Hawaiian moon flower, Pearly Gates, Grannyvine, Flying Saucers
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Morning glories (Ipomoea spp) are long, twining herbaceous vines with colorful trumpet-shaped flowers which bloom each morning and fade at night. They are native to Mexico and Central America.

The fruit, a capsuled seed, is poisonous. It contains indolizidine alkaloids, which cause low toxicity if ingested by poultry. Specific chemicals include d-lysergic acid amide (0.035%), d-isolysergic acid amide (0.005%), and elymoclavine (0.005%).


  • diarrhea
  • pupil dilation
  • loss of appetite
  • reduced blood pressure