Tall Morning Glory – Ipomoea purpurea

Tall Morning Glory
Tall Morning Glory

If you drive down any country road you may very well see these deeply purple flowers climbing the crops or surviving along the edge of fields after harvest. They climb the cornstalks and reach for the sun! Farmers really do not like them because their presence indicates that yields will be reduced in those fields where they show up. They can be weedy or invasive and are listed as noxious weeds in Arizona and Arkansas.

Ipomoea purpurea was brought to the American colonies about 1700, and was spread by garden peddlers throughout the countryside

The seed is anthelmintic, diuretic, and laxative. The seeds contain LSA, which has effects similar to LSD. In the past it has been used for the treatment of several mental disorders (no mention of specific conditions noted)

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