I picked up this interesting-looking pot plant last week at the Shongweni Farmers Market (for a cool R100!).  The guy selling it didn’t have much information for me but could tell me it was part of the Ipomoea family.

From Wikipedia, “The genus Ipomoea (Greek Ips, Ipos, worm or bindweed and Homoeos, resembling, referring to the twining habit) is the largest in the family Convolvulaceae, with over 500 species. Most of these are called “morning glories”, but this can refer to related genera also. The genus occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, and comprises annual and perennial herbaceous plants, lianas, shrubs and small trees; most of the species are twining climbing plants.”

After a bit of Googling, I think it may be Ipomoea lapathifolia as the leaf structure looks similar … check it out here.


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  1. Thanks for the info.!!!!! I have just bought the Epomea( on the label) from Mabula Lifestyle Centre on the Warmbaths Road for R40.00!!!!! I had no idea what it really was but there was one plant in flower and it had Morning Glory type flowers and the lady at the Nursery said it was a type of Morning Glory species.I just had to buy it as it looked and sounded so interesting. The nursery lady mentioned that the flowers only last a day. Must be in a north facing position and protected in winter on the Highveld.
    Amazing what you find…….

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