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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: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2001 Jul 7 to 2001 Nov 12002 Jul 5 to 2002 Nov 152003 Jul 24 to 2003 Oct 172004 Jul 29 to 2004 Oct 222005 Aug 9 to 2005 Nov 22006 Jun 30 to 2006 Oct 272007 Jul 6 to 2007 Oct 262008 Aug 1 to 2008 Oct 312009 Jul 22 to 2009 Oct 62010 Aug 1 to 2010 Dec 12011 Jun 28 to 2011 Oct 132012 Aug 24 to 2012 Oct 242013 Jul 4 to 2013 Oct 302014 Jun 16 to 2014 Oct 31
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