Well, What's The Story Morning-Glory?

|Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' blossom detail|

|Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' blossom detail|

Blown in on the trade winds, off the shores of Jamaica, comes an arresting vision with a crimson Caribbean punch!  Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' otherwise known as the Lipstick Vine.  This beauty caught my eye as I was perusing the goods at the Huntington Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale in San Marino today.  Now, I'm a little cautious of falling in love with Ipomoea, most referred to as Morning Glory, because it can be a weedy, out-of-control bugger.  But, Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' seems to be worth the trouble.  It really knows how to put on the charm.

|Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' blossom + bud|

|Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' blossom + bud|

The blossoms are a knock-out.  Their trumpets are kissin' with crimson color so vibrant, so rich and keep blooming from autumn through spring.   Check out those flower buds...working some serious almost-black metallic magic on you.

|Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' detail|

|Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' detail|

|Ipomoea horsfalliae 'Briggsii' detail|

Its palmate evergreen foliage has a lustrous sheen of rich green to it.  Even as flowers fade, this vine  maintains a dignified demeanor.  Since this vine hails from the Caribbean you've got to give it some warm vibes.  Try USDA zones 9-12.  Keep it from the cold. Cold=bad.

It likes full sun/bright light, well-drained soil, regular water (keep it drier in winter), and would do gorgeously growing on a protected porch or even inside.  Another cool thing to note is that if grows out of doors, the hummingbirds will come calling.  So what do you think?  I think it's one seductively stylish glam jammin' Morning Glory.