Ipomoea indica

Blue morning glory

Family: Convolvulaceae

Origin: Pantropical

Two blue morning glory flowers in a wall of leaves.
Its dense growth smothers vegetation stopping sunlight reaching leaves and seedlings.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Parkland with Significant Ecological Areas — Site-led
  • Whole region — Sustained control
  • Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area priority status
  • National Pest Plant Accord Species

View more about the RPMP statuses

General description

High-climbing, fibrous-rooted, hairy perennial. Stems are twining, running, long, often purplish, and densely hairy. Leaves are alternate, triple-lobed, < 18 x 16 cm, silky haired and pointed. Flowers are tubular, blue/purple, and are borne in clusters January – December.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell blue morning glory. As blue morning glory is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant blue morning glory within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any blue morning glory on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.


Auckland Council will manage blue morning glory in buffer areas of parks where blue morning glory is being managed.

However, if you wish to help protect your local parkland, you are encouraged to control or remove any blue morning glory on your land and plant a better alternative instead. View a map of park buffers.

To find out more about how we’re protecting Auckland’s parkland from pest plants, visit our pest plant buffer pages.

Habitats

Forest and scrub margins, gardens, plantations.

Dispersal

Vegetative spread from stem and root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.

Impact on environment

Smothers and suppresses native vegetation on the ground or in the canopy.

Control

Site Management

Cut and pull vines away from desirable trees and native plants before foliar spraying. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Cut vines and leave upper stems to die in trees or dig out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts (except vines if left to die in trees).

Disposal options: Compost in a composting weed bag or remove to greenwaste or landfill.

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: For small infestations: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel.

Basic growsafe certified: For small infestations: cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water or cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 0.5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water.

Certified handler/experienced agrichemical user: For medium to large infestations: cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Close up of the five petaled blue morning glory flower.
Flowers are bright blue and shaped like and open trumpet
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
A trio of blue morning glory flowers.
Blue morning glory is an invasive climber.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Canopy of morning glory in bloom.
Morning glory is able to spread by both seeds and stem fragments.
Close up photo of the distinctive blue flowers and leaves.
The plant climbs well over other plants, walls and slopes.
Three morning glory flowers.
Leaves have silky hairs underneath.