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collage of Redstar and Scarlet Creeper

Redstar (Ipomoea coccinea) vs. Scarlet Creeper (Ipomoea hederifolia)

Updated October 16th, 2020

These two species are easily confused where their ranges overlap. They are best distinguished by whether their fruiting pedicels curve. They have differences in flower color and leaf shape as well, but variability can make these characteristics less reliable. I. coccinea is more likely to occur in disturbed and anthropogenic habitats, whereas I. hederifolia is more likely in wild forests, but both can co-occur in the same environments.

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