Cypress Vine

Ipomoea quamoclit


While in Philadelphia in December 1790, Jefferson sent a collection of seeds to Monticello that included "some seed of the Cypress vine for Patsy" (his eldest daughter, Martha). The following March, Martha wrote back that she and "Polly" (his daughter, Maria) had "planted the cypress vine in boxes in the window," perhaps to serve as houseplants. This tender annual vine was also grown in other Virginia gardens in the eighteenth century. The Cypress Vine is a Morning Glory relative with star-shaped scarlet and white flowers that provide a vivid contrast to plant's lacy green foliage. Like the Morning Glory, the Cypress vine will twine up a trellis, pole, young tree, fence, or, as we use at Monticello, four-foot-high branches or "pea sticks" pruned from our own trees.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Reds (Scarlet),White Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Partial Shade Map it: 38.00980,-78.45302

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jul 7 – Nov 12002: Jul 5 – Nov 152003: Jul 24 – Oct 172004: Jul 29 – Oct 222005: Aug 9 – Nov 22006: Jun 30 – Oct 272007: Jul 6 – Oct 262008: Aug 1 – Oct 312009: Jul 22 – Oct 62010: Aug 1 – Dec 12011: Jun 28 – Oct 132012: Aug 24 – Oct 242013: Jul 4 – Oct 302014: Jun 16 – Oct 31