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Redstar (Ipomoea coccinea)

Also known as Mexican morning glory, Mexican morning-glory, red morning glory, red morning-glory.

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Redstar

Summary

An annual vine native to northern Mexico, which has expanded its range northeast into much of eastern North America.

Description & Identification

An annual vine that climbs by twining around supporting vegetation or other structures. Leaf shape is highly variable, often heart-shaped but also often variably-lobed, sometimes with abrupt corners, particularly near the base of the leaf, which usually extends well behind the point of attachment to the stem.

Flowers are deep orangish-red, with an orangeish-yellow center and accents, trumpet-shaped, consisting of five fused petals, coming to neat angles creating a neat pentagonal shape.

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Habitat

In North America, mostly found in anthropogenic habiats, including along roads, railroads, fencerows, old fields, and industrial areas.

Faunal Associations

The bright red, trumpet-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds, and are also visited by some butterflies.

There are numerous insects, including several beetles and moths, that feed broadly on plants of the Ipomoea genus; as there are many native species in this genus throughout North America, these insects are found throughout much of this species' introduced range as well.

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