by Karen Sickler
Morning glories are some of my favorite flowers. They were the first seed I planted as a kid. My mom gave me one of her flower beds and showed me how to plant the seed and take care of my plants.
I’ve learned over the years that there are many varieties of Morning glories. Morning glory is the common name for over 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family Convolvulaceae, and was first known in China for its medicinal uses, due to the laxative properties of its seed.
Morning glories are annual climbers with slender stems, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-shaped flowers of pink, purple blue, magenta, or white. They have beautifully-shaped blooms that unfurl in the sun and romantic tendrils that lend old-fashioned charm, and they show up everywhere!!
These plants prefer full sun but will tolerate very light shade. The plants are also well known for their tolerance to poor, dry soils.