Feeling blue about blue morning glory

February's pest plant of the month is blue morning glory

Privet trees
Flowers and leaves of blue morning glory a.k.a. blue bindweed

Blue morning glory, Ipomoea indica, may look nice to some, but this smothering and tenacious vine is a real threat to native plants and our gardens. If left, it grows up or over anything in its path. If you learn to recognise it, you’ll see it in many places.

Together we can help stop it spreading through people’s properties and our delicate native bush areas.

Fortunately it doesn’t spread far, not producing seeds in NZ, so it is possible to eliminate it from an area with repeated action. But be careful with the stems and roots as careless disposal is the number one means of it’s spread.

Blue morning glory smothering a fence and other plants

Blue morning glory is also known as blue bindweed, blue convolvulus, morning glory, and it's scientific name is Ipomoea indica. Bindweed is the most descriptive name of theses as the strong and flexible stems will wrap over, under, and around almost anything, strangling other plants. They can damage trees by smothering them and even breaking branches when too heavy.

They do not support our native birds and other wildlife and prevent other plants from growing. So if you care about our birds, you should care about controlling blue morning glory, along side other pest weeds.