IPOMOEA purpurea, 'Grandpa Ott' (Morning Glory, Purple with Red Star) is a specific cultivar of the Morning Glory plant, scientifically known as Ipomoea purpurea. Ipomoea purpurea is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. 'Grandpa Ott' is a cultivated variety selected for its unique flower coloration. It is commonly grown as an annual in temperate regions, completing its life cycle within one growing season.
Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott' is a climbing vine that can reach a height of 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters). It features heart-shaped leaves and produces large, trumpet-shaped flowers. 'Grandpa Ott' is known for its deep purple petals with a striking red star-shaped pattern in the center of the flower.
'Grandpa Ott' typically blooms from summer to fall, offering its distinctive purple flowers with the red star pattern. The exact blooming period may vary depending on local climate conditions and cultivation practices.
Cultivation Requirements: Morning Glory 'Grandpa Ott' thrives in full sun exposure. It prefers fertile, well-drained soil but can tolerate a range of soil conditions. Regular watering is necessary to keep the soil consistently moist, particularly during dry periods. This cultivar is often grown on trellises, fences, or other support structures to allow the vines to climb.
Propagation: Morning Glory 'Grandpa Ott' can be propagated from seeds. Sow the seeds directly in the garden bed after the last frost date, as they do not transplant well due to their sensitive root system. Nicking or soaking the seeds in warm water for a few hours before planting can help improve germination rates. Ensure the soil remains moist until germination occurs, which typically takes around 10 to 14 days.
Morning Glory 'Grandpa Ott' is primarily grown for its distinct flower coloration. The deep purple flowers with the red star center create a captivating visual display. It can be grown on trellises, arbors, fences, or other structures to add a splash of color to the garden. It can also attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Morning Glory 'Grandpa Ott' requires regular maintenance to control its vigorous growth. It is important to monitor the vine's growth and provide support as needed.
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Scientific Name: Ipomoea Purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’
Common Name: Purple Morning glory
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: South America, Mexico
Full Growth Height: 96-120 "
Spread: 36-72 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Advantages: Fast growing
Blooming Season: Summer
Flower Color: Violet Purple
Toxic: Cats, Dogs, Horses
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Moist, Well-drained
Garden Uses: Informal and cottage, Mediterranean Garden