Weed of the Week: Ipomoea cairica

This week’s weed of the week is most notable in our coastal areas presenting as a sea of pretty purple blooms but unfortunately it causes a lot of problems as it strangles its way through other native vegetation and reproduces at a ridiculous rate.

Also commonly known as Mile A Minute, Coastal Morning Glory, Cairo Morning Glory, Five Fingered Morning Glory, Five Leaf Morning Glory or the Messina Creeper, it can reach up to over 5 metres in height and become a nuisance as a ground cover.

You will find it in disturbed areas, along rainforests borders, open spaces in bushland, woodlands, waste areas, gardens, and sand dunes as well as waterways. The flowers which present like the humble Petuna can also display as a white flowers forming carpets over trees and understory plants, not to be confused with the common Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea), the Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica), the Ivy-leaved Morning Glory (Ipomoea hederacea) or the white flowered Convolvulus Creeper (Merremia dissecta).

Image Credits:

Artwork Image: By Vengolis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64512239

Article Banner Image: By J.M.Garg – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://bit.ly/3rFIZPl

In the meantime, be sure to check out all of Brooke’s other Weeds of the Week via the links and slideshow below:

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