Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Wild potato vine
I don't normally venture onto this part of our property early in the morning, so I didn't realize we had any Wild Potato Vine (Ipomoea pandurata) until my husband mentioned it.
It was still, as they say, o'dark thirty.
I knew the common name of the flower, and that it was a type of native morning glory, but that was about it. I researched it and learned several things:
The root can reach the size of a man's leg and weigh over 30 pounds.
Pandurate means fiddle-shaped. (The leaves can also be heart-shaped, as in this picture.)
Sweet potatoes are a type of morning glory.
Moquitoes are really, really bad in this area early in the morning.