Ipomoea quamoclit L.

Frost tender annual twining climber with deeply divided, feathery leaves and slender-tubed, scarlet, sometimes pink or white, flowers in summer.  To 6m.  [RHSE, Hortus].  Attractive as much for its feathery foliage as for its striking flowers.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Probably first cultivated in Britain around 1629 by Parkinson.  ‘In a former number of this work, we gave a figure of the Scarlet Ipomoea, which every one possessing a garden, at least in the more southern parts of this kingdom, might gratify themselves with a sight of, it being hardy enough to flower and ripen its seeds in the open border; but the present species, an annual also, and equally beautiful, with greater singularity of foliage, can be brought to perfection only in the stove or hot-house.’  [BM t.244/1793].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.118/1850].


Naturalised in the north east of NSW.  [FNSW].

Published Oct 04, 2009 - 04:46 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 03:28 PM

Shown are the feathery leaves and slender-tubed, scarlet flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.244,1793.

Ipomoea quamoclit L. | BM t.244/1793 | BHL

More details about Ipomoea quamoclit L.
Family Convolvulaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Quamoclit pennata Voigt
  • Quamoclit quamoclit Britton
  • Quamoclit vulgaris Choisy
  • Convolvulus quamoclit (L.) Spreng. 
Common Name

Star glory, Cypress vine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ipomoea quamoclit 

Confidence level high