13 Different Types of Morning Glory (Photos)

different morning glory types

I love the way that morning glories make my garden look. There are well over 1,000 different varieties of the plant, and each species looks unique. These plants create blooms with trumpet-like flowers that have tiny heart-shaped petals that smell amazing. The blooms are unique because they will bloom every morning when the sun rises, but by the end of the day, the blooms will close up.

These short blooming plants have become a symbol of unreturned affection and unrequited love. Some of the most common types of morning glories that you will see include:

1. Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea Indica)

Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica)

This is a variation that has blooms that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers start the morning with bright blue color and as the day progresses, the color of the bloom turns to more of a pinkish hue. It grows best in well-drained soil and full sun.

2. Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea quamoclit)

Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea quamoclit)

Also known as a hummingbird vine, this plant with scarlet-colored flowers will attract little pollinators to your garden. They bloom from early summer until late fall, and they do best in a shady area where the plant will not get a lot of direct sun.

3. Grandpa Ott

Grandpa Ott

Originally from Bavaria, Germany, this royal purple flowering morning glory is quite stunning. It can grow to be up to three inches wide, and if it grows on a vine, it can easily grow to be at least 10 feet tall.

4. Heavenly Blue (Ipomoea tricolor)


Heavenly Blue (Ipomoea tricolor)

This is an azure blue flower that has a middle that is either white or yellow. Pollinators love this plant, and it can grow to be about 10 feet tall on a vine, which makes it great for most gardens, especially when it is grown along a fence.

5. Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)

The moonflower is a flower that produces a bright white bloom that has a delightful scent. This morning glory is unique because it actually blooms at night and closes in the morning when the sun touches it. Typically, this plant can grow to have stems that are 15 inches tall.

6. Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea)

Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea)

This is a unique morning glory that will grow to be quite tall; in fact, it can easily grow to be 10 feet tall when it is trained correctly. The blooms are typically magenta, red, white, blue, or pink, and they grow well in soil that is well-draining and full sun.

7. Scarlett O’Hara Morning Glory

Scarlett O’Hara Morning Glory

This is a variation of the plant that has bright scarlet blooms that can get up to five inches in width when they are fully opened. They love full sun and slightly moist soil, and with the right care, they can easily grow to be 10 feet tall.

8. Convolvulus Arvensis

Convolvulus Arvensis

This is a variation of this plant that has pretty pink blooms that look amazing in the morning sun. The centers of the flowers are a bit on the darker side, but there are typically white stripes that come out of the center of the petals.

9. Morning Star (Ipomoea purpurea)

Morning Star (Ipomoea purpurea)

This is a variation of this plant that can be seen in many gardens, regardless of how they look. The throats of the flowers are typically white, but the petals can come in rose, purple, pink, violet, blue, and white.

10. Ivy Morning Glory (Ipomoea Nil)

Ivy Morning Glory (Ipomoea Nil)

Bumblebees are attracted to this plant, which can make them a great addition to any garden. It will grow in any type of soil, and it prefers full sun. Typically, the flowers of this plant variety are light lavender.

11. Ipomoea Pes-caprae (Beach Morning Glory)

Ipomoea Pes-caprae (Beach Morning Glory)

This is a variation of the morning glory that can often be spotted along the edges of beaches, which means that it is tolerant of salt and wind. The plant does not grow very high, but it will make a small thicket on the ground that can grow to be wider than three feet.

12. Flying Saucers (Ipomoea tricolor)

Flying Saucers (Ipomoea tricolor)

This plant has flowers that are tri-colored. Typically the petals are blue and white with purple streaks going down them. They like to grow in full sun or partial shade, and they will attract bees and butterflies to the garden space.

13. Glacier Moon (Ipomoea tricolor)

As the name implies, the petals of the flower are a pale blue color that resembles the ice of a glacier. It is a vine that can grow to be eight feet tall when it is trained properly. It will bloom during the day, but when the sun is the strongest, the blooms will close up.